SECTIONS of the upcoming human chain for independence demonstration are reaching capacity, according to organisers.

With under two weeks to go, Chain of Freedom organisers are estimating approximately 49,000 Yes activists are to line the Forth and Clyde canal, which has been split into sections from Bowling to Falkirk.

It is understood sections 1A, 6A, 6E, and 6F have reached capacity and are now closed. Five other groups are within 10-15% of being full.

1A is at the beginning of the route in Bowling. 6A, 6E and 6F are at the end in Falkirk.

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Organisers have produced a form (available here) for activists to choose their section based on location or allow organisers to place them anywhere along the route within a reasonable distance.

Yes groups and hubs will lead the organisation and running of each section, along with stewards who will also assist in ensuring everyone manages to link up.

Participants are required to arrive at their section no later than 12pm on Saturday, October 14.

The formation of the human chain will begin soon after and stay in place for approximately 20 minutes to allow plenty of time for photographs, drone footage, media coverage, and singing.

As some sections fill up, quieter areas are expected to have proportionately less attendees, so participants are being asked to bring extra Saltires and banners to fill gaps in the chain if necessary.

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Organisers are urging potential participants to register at the event to ensure health and safety at the event runs smoothly. You can register here. 

On the dedicated website for the event, it states: “Health and safety for this event is like no other held so far, due to the location, and number of people. We MUST adhere to this for Scottish Canals, council areas, Police Scotland, your own safety, and the success of the event.

“Therefore, we require accurate numbers, 1 metre = approx. 1 person and we need them now, so that all planning can be undertaken.”

The grassroots project is to be attended by Yes groups all over Scotland, non-party affiliated, as well as from SNP, Alba, and Salvo.