Procession passes off peacefully

One of the dozens of bands who took part in the event.
One of the dozens of bands who took part in the event.

Thousands gathered in Motherwell for the County Grand Lodge of Scotland’s annual Boyne Celebration procession on Saturday.

Almost 10,000 people in over 100 bands took part in the event, with between 15 and 20,000 estimated to have lined the town’s streets to watch them pass.

Following a number of feeder marches, the main procession left the Duchess of Hamilton Park at 12.30pm, for a walk of almost three miles around the town.

Traffic diversions were in place, with Airbles Road, Windmillhill Street, Menteith Road, Muir Street, Milton Street, Woodburn Street, Mill Road, Merry Street, Wilson Street, Allan Street, Coursington Road and Albert Street most affected.

Several roads were closed, particularly side roads leading to the march route, with the procession taking two and a half hours to complete.

Police Scotland confirmed just three arrests were made for ‘low level disorder’ throughout the day.

Sixty-four fixed penalty notices were issued for incidents such as drinking or urinating in the street.

A force spokesperson said: “Residents and businesses in Motherwell are thanked for their patience following the planned procession through the town.

“The event passed peacefully with a small number of arrests for low level disorder incidents.”

County Grand Master Charles Cefferty hailed the day a huge success.

He told the Times & Speaker: “It went spectacularly well, in our opinion.

“The information we have received from the police is that there were few arrests and that people generally behaved themselves.

“From the reports, it would appear that this was actually one of the quietest walks ever for the police, and we were overwhelmed by the response.

“I would say there were almost 10,000 participants and between 15 to 20,000 spectators.

“We had crowds there from the beginning of the parade right to the very end.

“Everyone was in good order, in high spirits and really enjoyed themselves.”

He added: “I hope we did not upset anyone in the town unnecessarily.

“And I’m glad that the message I issued last week discouraging anyone from drinking and causing bother was by and large adhered to.”