VISITORS to this year's Ashbourne Highland Gathering will be invited to vote on whether or not Scotland should become an independent country.
Organisers of the annual event, which will take place on Ashbourne Recreation Ground on Sunday, July 20, say there will be a ballot box set up throughout the festival for people to cast a 'yes' or 'no' vote.
It is believed this will make the show ground the only venue outside Scotland where people can vote on the issue.
A spokesman for the gathering said: "Whether you are Scottish in exile or an interested party of any nationality, we are going to have a polling station within the showground where you can cast vote.
"The only requirement to vote is to be over the age of 16, the same requirement as in the real vote in Scotland, and a desire to voice your opinion via the ballot box.
"Obviously, whilst our vote will have no official standing in the actual result we expect [Scotland's First Minister] Alex Salmond and [Prime Minister] David Cameron to be awaiting our result with anticipation."
The tongue-in-cheek concept was the brainchild of Alastair Morgan, a Scottish member of the Ashbourne Highland Gathering committee.
The gathering began in 1985 and has now become the largest of its kind outside Scotland.
Other attractions at this year's event include a return of the sheep show and live music from Scottish folk singer Stephen Quigg. To find out more, visit www. ashbournegathering.co.uk.