Orange parade participants ordered to be on best behaviour

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:35 BST on Wednesday 4th July 2012.

This Saturday will see Cumbernauld host three Orange parades, with Strathclyde Police warning participants to be on their best behaviour and be respectful.

The annual Boyne celebrations will be held in Cumbernauld this Saturday (7th July), with three parades planned in Cumbernauld.

The main parade itself will take place in Stirling this weekend, and the event’s organisers are the County Grand Orange Parade of Central Scotland, who describe themselves as:  “…the oldest and biggest Protestant fraternity in Scotland”, who are “…an organisation of people bonded together to promote the great ideals of Protestantism and Liberty.”

Ahead of this weekend’s parade, Strathclyde Police have already said that their officers will enforce legislation in respect of sectarian and antisocial behaviour, and drinking in public.

Talking to the Cumbernauld News, a spokesperson for Strathclyde Police said: “The message is a simple one, those who come to support the parades must behave and be respectful, and anyone committing any form of hate crime including name calling or making gestures, or people who commit acts of violence or antisocial behaviour, will be arrested.

The spokesperson added: “The priority of the police is to ensure that parades pass off peacefully whilst keeping people safe.”

The County Grand Orange Parade of Central Scotland will host a morning parade, between 7am and 9am, with an afternoon event planned between 5pm and 8pm