Scotland politics

What 7,000 teenagers talked about during The Big, Big Debate

What happens when you put 7,000 teenagers in a room with a hashtag, free WiFi, and a referendum debate?

On Thursday afternoon, BBC Scotland hosted a Big Big Debate for 16 and 17-year-olds in Glasgow's SSE Hydro.

Before and during the show, we asked the audience to tweet using #BigBigDebate, which trended number one in the UK for four hours.

For those of you who didn't make it along, here's what they said.

  • If you want to watch the debate, tune in to BBC One Scotland or online at 9pm, or 10.30pm in the rest of the UK on BBC One.

The audience started filing in early in the afternoon...

...and found out it was a little bit hot in the SSE Hydro.

However, the young adults patiently waited for the debate to begin.

The entertainment started as the crowd was warmed up by comedian Des Clarke...

...although some didn't appreciate his outfit.

After the entertainment, the panel - George Galloway, Ruth Davidson, Nicola Sturgeon, and Patrick Harvie - took to the stage.

The serious bit of the day - the debate - got underway in the late afternoon, but we won't give too much away in case you want to watch it later.

Although there was still room for a bit of light-heartedness...

As the #BigBigDebate hashtag reached the top of the trending charts, people outside the Hydro started following along with the audience tweets.

But the debate ended, and the crowds dispersed with a big decision to make in seven days.

  • Want to see what all the fuss was about? Tune in on Thursday night at 9pm on BBC One Scotland and online, or 10.40pm on BBC One in the rest of the UK.

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