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First Minister celebrates St. Andrew's day

As the countdown to the independence referendum in 2014 continues, First Minister Alex Salmond and the Prime Minister David Cameron both sent special messages, in celebration of St. Andrew's Day.

Mr Salmond visited a primary school to focus on free education.

"St Andrew's Day is a very special day in Scotland. A day when we celebrate Scotland's history, our people, our culture, but above all a celebration of our people."

"Scotland is proud of its history of invention and discovery. We actually invented quite a bit of the modern world, from the telephone, to television, to penicillin, to beta blockers.

"However, perhaps - actually certainly - our greatest invention of all, the one that made all of the others possible, was the invention of universal free education."

– First Minister Alex Salmond

"For centuries, Scotland's greatest asset and greatest export has been its people."

"Scots have helped bring peace and security to nations, made some of the world's greatest inventions and been at the forefront of international trade in every continent.

"Scottish companies and Scottish people are a critical part of the UK's efforts to compete in the global race.

"A small country with a big heart and a big voice.

"Scots and Scotland have done so much to shape our modern world. So, this is a day for everyone to celebrate our shared history and look forward to our future prosperity together.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

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