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Saturday, June 19, 1999 Published at 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK

World: Europe

Gay march in Edinburgh

Thousands of gays and lesbians have paraded through the streets of Edinburgh in the city's annual gay pride march.

Over five-thousand people attended and the march was joined by members of the Scottish Parliament under a banner calling for a celebration of diversity.

The parade route took marchers past the headquarters of the Bank of Scotland which pulled out of a controversial deal with the American TV evangelist, Pat Robertson, who had described Scotland as a "dark land" run by homosexuals.

The marchers cheered and waved as they went by the building and police said the parade had passed off peacefully. An evening festival following the march is expected to draw a crowd of more than ten thousand people.

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