Johnstone loyalist march this Saturday moved due to safety concerns Johnstone loyalist march this Saturday moved due to safety concerns
A planned Loyalist march through the Johnstone Howwood Road housing estate this Saturday has been re-routed by Renfrewshire Council. The parade is to commemorate... Johnstone loyalist march this Saturday moved due to safety concerns

A planned Loyalist march through the Johnstone Howwood Road housing estate this Saturday has been re-routed by Renfrewshire Council.

The parade is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Locals from the Howwood Road housing estate have taken to Social Media to voice their concerns of violence breaking out, others said they would not let the match pass through and would try to block it.

The march has been organised by the Sons of the Somme Flute Band who will be joined by approximately another 20 flute bands from across Scotland.

The march will take place at 4.30pm and will follow the new route by beginning at the McMaster Centre, proceeding down Greenend Avenue to the junction of Craigenfeoch Avenue, through Craigenfeoch Avenue, Beith Road and Cochranemill Road.

It will then continue down Kilbarchan Road, Graham Street and McDowall Street to the High Street, where a wreath will be laid at the Cenotaph, then onto Laighcartside Street and Gas Street.

At a meeting of Renfrewshire Council’s Regulatory Functions Policy Board, council bosses decided to alter the procession amid concerns over access for emergency vehicles.

Councillor John Hood, convener of the board, said: “I appreciate the positive attitude shown by representatives from the Sons of the Somme in attending the board meeting and accepting the need to change the procession’s route.

“The procession will take up the whole of Greenend Avenue. If it bunches up or there is an incident at the head of the walk, there could be implications for public safety.”

The band will be collecting money in buckets for Erskine Hospital on the day.