Bellshill hosts Orange parade

Pride of Motherwell flute band were among dozens of lodges taking part
Pride of Motherwell flute band were among dozens of lodges taking part

police issued more than 100 fixed penalty notices and made 12 arrests during Saturday’s Orange Walk in Bellshill.

The town centre was brought to a standstill as marchers, which included members from 123 North Lanarkshire lodges and 76 bands, embarked on their traditional celebration.

The parade started in the playing fields behind Bellshill Academy and made its way along Reema Road, Bairdsland View, Main Street, Hamilton Road, Crossgates, Motherwell Road and Calder Road, accompanied by a large crowd of supporters along the route.

This year’s guest speaker was Ulster Unionist Party leader Tom Elliot who addressed a Scottish Order gathering for the first time.

While the marchers themselves were on their best behaviour, the same couldn’t be said for everyone watching as the police issued over 100 fixed penalty notices to people drinking alcohol in the street and made 12 arrests mostly for disorder offences.

However, County Grand Master Charles Cefferty was pleased with how the day turned out.

He said: “It was a wonderful day, Bellshill was a great venue and thousands of local people turned out to see us.

“I wasn’t sure exactly how many arrests had been made, but I’m pleased the parade went off relatively incident-free and welcome the use of fixed penalty notices throughout the day.

“We want to be clear that we don’t want these people at our events and would rather they just stayed at home - hopefully they’ll soon get the message.”

Full story in July 14 edition of Bellshill Speaker