Orange Order

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines' Buckfast: 'a delicious irony'

Secularist leader on Orange Order and Benedictines’ Buckfast: ‘a delicious irony’

Letter to the Sunday Herald, 9 July 2017: Peter Swindon’s report (Bloodshed, drunkenness and triumphalism: the Orange Order on the streets of Scotland, Eyewitness, July 2) on the Orange Order parades that took place over last weekend contains a statement to the effect that some march supporters were drinking Buckfast straight from the bottle as […]

Organisers insist ‘Orangefest’ has been a success

Organisers insist ‘Orangefest’ has been a success

Organisers of an Orange Order event in Glasgow insist the day has been a success despite gales which forced them to scale it back. The Order’s Cultural and Heritage Day, dubbed “Orangefest”, took place in George Square despite major opposition voiced online. Gusts of up to 50mph meant two large exhibition marquees and a children’s […]

'KKK' prize-winner

Orange Order’s ‘great concern’ as Loyalist band give prize to man in Ku Klux Klan uniform

A Loyalist flute band has been condemned for giving a Halloween fancy dress prize to a man dressed in KKK robes. The Lanarkshire Loyalist Flute Band celebrated a “Halloween/Culture” party on Saturday – at premises belonging to the local council. A photograph from the event shows an unidentified man in white robes and a pointed […]

Catholic Church is invited to celebrate the Orange Order

Catholic Church is invited to celebrate the Orange Order

The Orange Order has offered an unprecedented invitation to the Catholic Church to attend an event celebrating its heritage and culture. The organisation, whose existence is based on the military victory by the Protestant King William Of Orange over forces led by the Catholic King James II more than 300 years ago, is planning a […]

Camperdown Place bar

Games fan’s anger at row over ‘sectarian’ Red Hand flag

A Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games fan has been forced to leave a Glasgow bar for displaying his country’s flag [sic] after workers argued it was sectarian. Colin Rice was in JD Wetherspoon pub Campderdown Place underneath Queen Street railway station when he became embroiled in an argument with staff members after draping the flag – […]

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

Orange march in Edinburgh for No vote is given the go-ahead

An Orange Order march planned for Edinburgh just days before the independence referendum has been given the go-ahead. The march by up to 15,000 people is scheduled for Saturday, September 13 – the weekend before voters decide the country’s future. Members of the council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday voted in favour of allowing the event to […]

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Glasgow flute band plays outside Catholic church in Belfast despite plea by Orangeman

All but one band passing St Patrick’s Roman Catholic church in north Belfast respected the building by not playing music on the Twelfth night. As Millar Memorial Flute Band, the first band past the scene of several controversies in recent years, passed the building it set the tone by marching respectfully to a single drum […]

Schoolgirl aged 12 covered in blood after being glassed by flying bottle at Orange parade

Schoolgirl aged 12 covered in blood after being glassed by flying bottle at Orange parade

Police are appealing for help to find the thugs who left a schoolgirl covered in blood at an Orange walk. Kellsie Lynch, 12, was gashed by a flying bottle when a fight broke out as she watched the parade at Glasgow Green. She was taken to Yorkhill hospital in Glasgow, where she needed treatment for […]

18 people arrested at annual Orange Order parade in Glasgow

18 people arrested at annual Orange Order parade in Glasgow

Eighteen people have been arrested at the annual County Grand Orange Order parade in Glasgow. Around 4500 marchers and 4000 spectators took part in the event. Police said that the arrests related to disorder, drinking in public and minor offences. Specially trained stewards accompanied the march, freeing up police officers to concentrate on street drinking […]

Scottish independence: Orange Lodge registers to campaign for a 'No' vote

Scottish independence: Orange Lodge registers to campaign for a ‘No’ vote

The Grand Orange Lodge has registered as a “permitted participant” in the Scottish referendum campaign. Registration with the Electoral Commission means the Orange Lodge would be able to spend up to £150,000 campaigning for a “No” vote in September. The money does not count towards the official lead pro-Union campaign body Better Together’s £1.5m spending […]

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