Faith, equality, anti-poverty and trade union groups across Scotland came together to campaign for the alternative to cuts and to say 'there is a better way'.
Despite the torrential rain, people from across the age range, from babies in push-chairs and children, from students and young people to grandparents marched from Glasgow Green to Kelvingrove Park to tell the government that we will fight for public services, for equality and social justice and for fair taxes and a living wage for all.
Despite the rain, the mood was upbeat as the crowd marched behind a pipe band and arrived at Kelvingrove Park to be greeted by ceilidh music and song from a fiddle and guitar duo.
At the Rally, ex government minister and veteran campaigner Tony Benn addressed the rally and slammed the excesses of the bankers while working people were being forced to 'pay the cost'.
Calling for 'dignity' for working people, Tony praised the spirit of the march and rally. With that spirit and with so many young people turning out, Tony told the rally 'We will win!".
UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby, this year's STUC President, praised the trade unions, community groups, faith groups and wider public who had braved the rain to turn out in their thousands. "You are the real big Society", Mike told them.
Branch members joined around 2000 trade unionists, trade council members and community groups who marched along Union Street on Saturday 1st Oct to demonstrate their opposition to cuts in public services.
As the March snaked down the whole of Union Street, with its banners and flags of all different unions and citizens groups making a colourful display, members of the public stopped to watch the march and give support to it.
The weather stayed fair in Aberdeen, unlike Glasgow, and those who took part managed to stay dry for the length of the march, before rallying in the Arts Centre.
Susan Quinn, EIS Vice president and Sarah Duncan, UNISON Regional Organiser gave rousing speeches.
Sarah slammed the recent cuts to education in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire and told the rally that it was looking increasingly unlikely that our children will get the education they need and deserve.
However, the rally was about the savage cuts to all public services, "happening because those at the top right now don't believe in public services, they think that they can get away with attacking public sector workers, demonising them and raiding their wages, terms and conditions and pensions to pay off the deficit," warned Sarah, adding that the Con Dem government doesn't want to fund public services, it wants to sell them off to their friends in big business.
"What those at the top have to be made to see is that at the end of the day, attacks on public services are not really attacks on the unions, they are not really attacks on the workers they are attacks on our society.
"It's an attack on the care your elderly relative gets. It's an attack on your child's school. And these attacks have consequences that affect everyone, not just the workers who provide the services.
"Because cutting back cleaners hours in hospitals means dirtier hospitals, Because sacking classroom assistants will hold back kids education. Because cutting back on care hurts the frail and vulnerable."
To great applause Sarah ended by congratulating all the marchers who came along today, "showing that you want to defend our society and the standards of public services in Aberdeen, that you are not prepared to put up the attacks on services any longer, that the cuts have got to stop and that there must be another way."
October 1st - People first