Perth, Edinburgh, Leith, Edinburgh, Inverness, Carrickfergus – and now Perth. Although it might be hard to imagine in the rush, the activity on the ground looks more like summer than autumn.
There are lines of people jostling to pay their respects to the figures standing guard outside the toilets on the Deeside rail line, and young children, already anxious about the imminent departure of the Rose and Crown statue from the Edinburgh Castle, are constantly disappointed by the lack of trash or litter in the area.
Arriving at the Kingsway Bridge, I can see plenty of Celtic shirts and flags but these have not been splashed across the road. There are no cops on the route, either, and the roads are not littered with rubbish or animal carcasses as they are on a Saturday night in the city centre. Even the crowd is very professional. If I have a complaint, it’s that I’d like to see and smell more of this sort of urban parks this time of year.