A PARADE of two bands and around 100 people is expected to take place in Linwood this weekend, writes Jack Thomson

The public procession has been organised by the Apprentice Boys of Derry and is due to begin at 8.15am on Saturday.

Participants will follow a route that takes them along Napier Street, Bridge Street, Moss Road, Brediland Road, Erskinefauld Road, Clippens Road, Bridge of Weir Road, Bridge Street and Napier Street.

Police will be present at the parade but no road closures have been ordered for its duration.

A Protestant body, the Apprentice Boys of Derry describes itself on its website as a “Christian, historical and cultural organisation, committed to maintaining the spirit of courage and liberty displayed by the Defenders of Londonderry in 1688-1689.”

Councillor Jim Sheridan, who represents Houston, Crosslee and Linwood, has called for respect and common sense from those taking part – particularly when they pass St Conval’s Roman Catholic Church.

He commented: “We live in a free society and, if people want to take part in a parade, then they are entitled to do so.

“If the police are happy that it won’t be over-burdensome and it won’t cause any safety problems, then it’s free to go ahead.

“I would urge good behaviour and common sense and for people to respect the fact that not everybody is supportive of parades like this.

“If they pass any churches, I would hope they do so with the utmost respect.”

Notification of the event was given by members of the Linwood branch of the Apprentice Boys of Derry at a meeting of Renfrewshire Council’s regulatory functions board.

It is understood a representative from the local branch gave assurances to councillors that those taking part in this weekend’s procession would respect the venues they walk by and, if any events are being held at churches, will be quiet.

An objection had been submitted on behalf of Renfrewshire Community Council Forum but the local authority agreed the event can go ahead.

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