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Newspapers mark Scotland's historic day with Burns and banners
September 18, 2014 / 10:05 AM / 3 years ago

Newspapers mark Scotland's historic day with Burns and banners

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - With special front pages featuring flags and quotes from poet Robert Burns, Scottish and English newspapers caught the drama and sense of history surrounding Scotland’s independence referendum on Thursday.

A supporter of the 'Yes' campaign stands outside a polling station as Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond casts his vote during the referendum on Scottish independence in Strichen, Scotland September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Most had cleared all other news from the front page.

The Daily Telegraph had a full-page photograph showing two men holding the blue and white Scottish Saltire and the red, white and blue Union Jack. Its only words were a quote from Burns: “Be Britain still to Britain true, amang ourselves united”.

The Times featured a wrap around cover of the Union Jack. It said simply “D-Day for the Union” on the front and lines from Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne” - “should auld acquaintance be forgot?” – were printed on the back.

The Financial Times headline read: “Beauty and terror leave Scots on the rack – and the brink of history”. Its photograph showed the Scottish flag flying against a background of grey clouds.

Both the Scotsman and the Guardian chose “Day of Destiny” as their banner headline. The Guardian front page was taken up by a satellite map of Scotland, while the Edinburgh newspaper had a photograph of the entrance of the central counting centre in the Scottish capital.

The Dundee newspaper, the Courier, also featured a map of the country filled with selfie photographs. “Make your Mark,” it urged Scots.

The Scottish Sun said “Yes or no - Scotland starts with blank page” and showed a montage of six hands holding pens over a white sheet of paper. The masthead had the union flag on one side and the Saltire on the other.

The Daily Record said “Choose Well Scotland” and also quoted Burns – “that man for man the world o‘er shall brothers be for a’ that”. On one side was a photo of a boy holding a “Yes” sign, on the other a girl holding a “No” sign.

The Independent showed a photograph of a hand holding the two flags. Its headline read “The 307-year-old itch”.

The Herald said “Scotland’s Day of Reckoning”. It featured a panoramic view of mist-covered hills and a loch, with a lone figure overlooking them.

Reporting by Angus MacSwan, editing by Anna Willard

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