The people of Kirriemuir were quick off the mark this morning with reports of a queue forming outside the Town Hall before the polling station opened at 7 a.m.
For the last hour there has been a constant stream of voters turning up to make sure they play their part in deciding Scotland’s future.
They were met by supporters from both the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps and their respective signs, as well as a placard quoting Nelson Mandela which read: “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
Mike Black of Kirriemuir said he had voted ‘Yes’ as he thought it was the opportunity to “get away from Westminster”.
He said: “We have been ruled by them for too long and it is only now that Westminster have started to come up here. Other than that they couldn’t care less”.
Jack McIntosh said he had voted ‘Yes’ as he had always believed in independence.
He said; “We have got to do this for our children and our grand-children. It will be difficult in the short term, I accept that, but we have to look to the future.”
One woman, who did not wish to be named, said she had voted in a way which reflected Nelson Mandela’s words on the placard whilst another, who also did not wish to be named, said she had voted ‘No’ as she felt the status quo was the best option.
One man who also voted ‘No’ and who did not wish to be named said he had voted against independence adding: “I voted ‘No’ as I am not willing to jump into the abyss.”
He added: “I know what we have got isn’t perfect but this would change the whole landscape of politics for the whole of the U.K.”