OPPOSING sides of the Scottish Independence divide are set to come face to face in Galashiels this weekend.

Buoyed by the recent Euro election results, thousands are expected to take to the streets for a mass pro-Independence march through the town.

Organised by the All Under One Banner campaign group, who previously held marches in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the demonstration will see supporters leave Scott Park at 1.30pm.

But also taking to the streets will be supporters of the unionist campaign group, A Force for Good.

And they have vowed to film and count every independence marcher in a bid to play down what they believe will be 'exaggerated' claims over levels of support.

A Force for Good director Alistair McConnachie told the Border Telegraph: "All Under One Banner is lying about its numbers as part of a deliberate political strategy to mislead both its own members and pro-UK people.

"Surprisingly, these false numbers are not being challenged by the Scottish media.

"We know that All Under One Banner is already trying to pretend that there will be over 10,000 in Galashiels.

"Well, they didn't even get 10,000 in Glasgow in May so they have no chance of getting such numbers in Galashiels, even after bussing in their supporters from the Central Belt.

"We are providing video evidence of the real figures."

Scottish Nationalists believe that around 100,000 took to the streets of Glasgow on May 5.

And fresh from their best ever result in the European elections, which saw the SNP's share of the vote increase from 29 percent to almost 38 percent, Saturday's rally is expected to be a celebration as much as a rallying cry.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for another independence referendum during the second half of next year has also added the the momentum.

Neil Mackay from All Under One Banner believes the Borders is the ideal setting for Saturday's march.

He told us: "The Scottish Borders is steeped in a rich history.

“Centuries ago William Wallace was made Guardian of Scotland in Selkirk, just five miles south of Galashiels, and the heart of Robert the Bruce is said to be buried in Melrose Abbey, just three miles to the east.

"These historic independence campaigners of long ago would be proud to see the cause of independence being celebrated locally.

"On Saturday Borderers will make history again when they march for independence and a better future for the region and for Scotland.

“Local groups are looking forward to welcoming people from all over Scotland to their area.

"Yes Scottish Borders is the umbrella organisation which all the grassroots groups contribute to.

"Some of the groups carry the names of their proud Border towns and villages – Kelso, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lauder, Earlston, West Linton – and other groups represent areas like Berwickshire, Eildons and Tweeddale.

"Then of course there’s Yes Galashiels itself which is delighted to have their home-town chosen as to host this historic demonstration.”

Saturday's pro-independence march leaves Scott Park at around 1.30pm.

The procession route takes in Livingston Place, Scott Street, Scott Crescent, Elm Row, Lawyers Brae, St John Street, Bank Street, High Street, Channel Street, Market Street and Cornmill Square before returning to Scott Park.