Scottish independence: Craigmillar Yes campaigners build replica Statue of Liberty

Local residents placed the statue a few hundred yards from the polling station

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Yes campaigners in Craigmillar, a suburb in the south east of Edinburgh, have built an impressive replica of the Statue of Liberty which is on proud display a few hundred yards from the polling station.

The area - which has been the focus of numerous regeneration projects in recent years due to its high levels of deprivation - is ringing with the sound of bagpipes thanks to Yes campaigners who have organised a series of flag-waving marches in an attempt to persuade locals to leave their houses and vote.

The Independent joined one which departed at 11am this morning, weaving its way through the streets led by Ryan Randall, a bagpiper whose instrument spewed fire.

He is from Las Vegas but has been in Scotland since July and was persuaded to take part. The march, entitled "the short walk to freedom", had the atmosphere of a friendly football crowd, with supporters shouting "Come on Scotland!"