Thousands to take part in a public procession in Johnstone on Saturday Thousands to take part in a public procession in Johnstone on Saturday
Johnstone will see road closures for several hours on Saturday, including the busy High Street, as a parade takes place involving thousands of marchers. A... Thousands to take part in a public procession in Johnstone on Saturday

Johnstone will see road closures for several hours on Saturday, including the busy High Street, as a parade takes place involving thousands of marchers.

A public procession will take place as part of the Annual Boyne Celebrations.

The road will be closed between 11am and 5pm followed by road maintenance between 5pm and 8pm. The road won’t be closed for early morning marches taking place.

The marches will begin with a band leaving Kilbarchan at 8.30am via Steeple Square then onto Ewing Street.

A short pause will take place at Kilbarchan Cenotaph to lay a wreath, then the band will continue along High Barholm, Low Barholm, Easwald Bank, Kilbarchan Road, Graham Street, McDowall Street, High Street and Laighcartside Street congregating with other bands in Johnstone.

A march will also be held in Linwood at 8am, leaving Napier Street heading onto Bridge Street, Moss Road, Brediland Road, Erskinefauld Road, Clippens Road. Coaches will transport Orangemen to Laighcartside Street, Johnstone.

Another band in Johnstone will leave from John Lang Street at 9am heading along Ellerslie Street, onto Thornbrae, the High Street then onto Laighcartside Street where they will join other local lodges for a District parade.

The combined group will leave Laighcartside Street via Russell Street, Ellerslie Street, Thornbrae onto the High Street.

A short pause will take place at the Cenotaph to lay another wreath.

The Orangemen will then leave the High Street head along MacDowall Street, Graham Street, Quarrelton Road and will regroup in Thomas Shanks park for the main parade.

More bands from Ayrshire, Argyll and Renfrewshire will arrive at the park for 11:00am.

The main parade will leave the park at 11.30am via Quarrelton Road, North Road, Park Road, Campbell Street, Dimity Street, Bankside Avenue, Canal Avenue, Canal Street and back onto the High Street.

The group will then lay a final wreath at the War Memorial. The march will continue along Macdowall Street, Graham Street, Quarrelton Road and head back to the public park.

The park is expected to be empty by approximately 2:30am when a smaller, final march via Quarrelton Road, Graham Street, Macdowall Street, High Street, Laighcartside Street takes place with the march ending at Russell Street.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson, said: “Road closures are in place between 11am-8pm in Johnstone to allow for a public procession and road maintenance to take place.

“Following police advice, the road closure from 11am will remain in place until the procession is due to finish around 5pm. The additional road closure for road maintenance will take place between 5pm and 8pm.”