With dozens of Saltires and Yes flags fluttering in Glasgow's George Square it was a scene reminiscent of the days running up to the referendum.

Yesterday seasoned campaigners, families and the newly politically active gathered together to call for the scrapping of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons programme.

With estimates of between 2,500 to 4,000 attending the rally, it is thought to be the biggest anti-Trident protest ever staged in the city.

Many of those in attendance were SNP supporters, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon greeted by loud cheering when she took to the stage. Elizabeth Mungall, 68, who had travelled to the rally from West Lothian with her husband Ernest, said: "We have been in the SNP for years and years and we need to get rid of Trident.

"I think people are more aware of issues like Trident now after the referendum - I have got 18 grandkids and they are all aware of it. I have one granddaughter who is only ten and she even has discussions at school about it."

She added: "It is a fantastic turnout - look at the people who are here. They have all come together today."

Parents with children of all ages - from toddlers in pushchairs to teenagers - were at the event. Richard and Margaret Montgomery, from Glasgow, had brought their 14-year-old son Jamie, who said: "Nuclear bombs just kill people. We are spending so much money on nuclear bombs which we shouldn't use. I just want them out."

Representatives from other political parties were present too. Student Josh McGinlay, 20, from Glasgow, a member of the Green Party, said: "We are all here to support the idea of getting rid of Trident nuclear weapons. Standing together gives us the chance to say how obscene it is to spend £100 billion, when this money could be funding public services which are under pressure from the Tory/Liberal government.

"People have been campaigning against nuclear weapons since the 1960s and I think it is about time the issue finally got laid to rest."