First Minister’s New Year message

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The First Minister has used his New Year message to urge the people of Scotland to wake up on the morning of 19th September 2014 “filled with hope and expectation” after voting for independence in the referendum.

Mr Salmond said 2014 would be a “truly amazing year” during which the eyes of the world would be on Scotland, with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and the historic independence vote all to be held within the next 12 months.

During the message – filmed at the National Library of Scotland – the First Minister said the forthcoming year offered a chance for Scotland’s modern achievements to be showcased to the world as well as an “opportunity of a lifetime” for the people to build a “just and prosperous nation” using the country’s natural resources and talented workforce.