Organisers of a Scottish independence march have given assurances that Saturday’s event will go off without a hitch – despite potentially thousands more people turning up than originally expected.
The March for Independence, organised by All Under One Banner, will see protesters take to the streets in support of breaking away from the UK.
A list of notifications on Dundee City Council’s website states 1,000 marchers are expected to descend on the city.
But organisers now expect anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 people to show up. A post on the Carse of Gowrie SNP Facebook page put the number of expected marchers at 25,000.
So far only 2,300 people have confirmed their attendance through Facebook, with another 4,200 interested.
Marchers will start at Baxter Park at 12.45pm and finish at Magdalen Green.
Colin Clement, chairman of the Stobswell Forum, said there were no concerns about the march.
He said: “We had been aware the march was taking place and large numbers of people could be expected.
“The park can certainly accommodate large numbers of people and the business in the area would welcome the additional footfall.”
Event organiser Mandeep Singh promised adequate provisions would be in place amid concerns about toilet facilities in Magdalen Green.
He said: “We initially said there could be 1,000 people there. It’s hard for us to gauge how many people will come along on the day.
“Provisions are in place to accommodate 10,000 people or more. It’s a family event that we hope will be a great boost for the city and attract people from all over Scotland and the world.
“We’ve held great events all over Scotland. An event in Dumfries was attended by over 10,000 people.
“It finishes at Magdalen Green, I would like to assure residents that not everyone will stay around there.”
West End councillor Richard McCready said: “I defend anyone’s right to protest in a peaceful and orderly manner. But there seems to be a clear disparity on the numbers expected to attend.
“The organisers have chosen to finish at Magdalen Green with permission from the licensing committee.
“It will be a case of seeing what condition the green is in afterwards. I’m sure organisers will be making sure it’s kept in good condition.”