Disruption as thousands descend on Glasgow for Orange Walk

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Police have warned of widespread disuption in Glasgow city centre today as thousands of Orange Order marchers and supporters descend on the city.

Sixty-three bands, with approximately 4500 Orange Order memebers and supporters, will be taking part with a further 4000 people expected to turn out to watch the parade.

A main procession will leave George Square at 10.30am, with a number of feeder marches taking place.

The parade will move towards Glasgow Green where a rally will be held.

Roads most affected will be: Blythswood Sq, West George St, George Sq, George St, High St, Saltmarket and Glasgow Green.

The full parade from George Square to Glasgow Green will take two hours to complete.

Police Scotland Superintendent Alan Murray, is in charge of policing the event, said:

“My priority is public safety. That means the safety of everyone - those taking part in the parade and the public in general.

“As is the case every year, thousands of people will be involved in the parade so I would advise anyone coming into the city during the day to plan their travel.

“Although we have been working closely with event organisers and the local authority to minimise disruption to road users and the local community, it is inevitable that there will be delays.

“As everyone should be aware by now, drinking alcohol in the street or in any public place is illegal and officers will be ensuring that people comply with this legislation. Previous experience shows that it is the unwelcome minority who use the event to drink too much and cause offence, however, be assured we will not tolerate and sectarian or antisocial behaviour.”

Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, said:

“Last Saturday, over 4,000 Orangemen comprising the 73 lodges and 45 bands from Edinburgh and the east of Scotland rallied at Prestonpans.

“The music and pageantry was viewed by hundreds of spectators and was entirely trouble free. It is my hope that this Saturday’s Orange celebrations in Glasgow (151 lodges, 63 bands) and Saltcoats (74 lodges, 32 bands) will also be colourful spectacles that will not be marred by any untoward incidents or misbehaviour.

“I am intensely proud of our trained stewards whose vital role has led to a significant reduction in police manpower and costs associated with all our parades. I am proud, too, of the good conduct of our members and bands whose intention is to celebrate without giving offence. I would say to those coming to enjoy the music, colour and excitement, you are very welcome, but please do not spoil the day through excessive drinking or abusive behaviour.”