Locharbriggs Orange Lodge processions plan receives all-clear

Two processions to mark the 25th anniversary of an Orange Lodge have been cleared to take place.

The group will hold the events on 4 March in Locharbriggs – where it is based – and nearby Dumfries.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s licensing panel agreed to allow both parades to be held.

A parish priest in Dumfries had objected to the march saying it had “no reason whatsoever, historical or otherwise” to be held in the town.

The council has to be consulted by anyone wishing to hold any public procession.

It decided to permit the proposals by the Locharbriggs Loyal Orange Lodge.

It will stage one march through Dumfries at 15:30 on Saturday 4 March lasting for about 45 minutes.

‘Heart of Dumfries’

It will follow a route along New Abbey Road, Laurieknowe, Galloway Street, Buccleuch Street, High Street, Shakespeare Street and Nith Place before ending at the Dock Park.

The second procession – starting at 18:00 – will take place for about half an hour through Locharbriggs.

It has been estimated that 75 people will take part in the Dumfries procession and 50 people in the Locharbriggs one.

Fr Jim Hayes of St Teresa’s RC church had made a representation against the marches.

He said he was “dismayed” to see a procession being brought into the “heart of Dumfries”.

He said he hoped marches of this kind by “any group of any persuasion” would “disappear from Scottish life altogether”.

Published on the 17th of February 2017
Article taken from the BBC News Scotland

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