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Orange Order puts in early plea to march

The Orange Order has submitted plans to hold two parades in Midlothian this June after complaining that council chiefs took four months to consider last year’s march requests.

Midlothian Council banned an procession in Penicuik last summer, citing fears that it could lead to public disorder. And a sheriff rejected claims the ban violated their human rights. Members planned to lodge an appeal but ran out of time, claiming that the council had taken four months to reach its decision.

Now the Midlothian District Loyal Orange Institution of Scotland has reportedly told Midlothian Council it proposes two processions – in Bonnyrigg and Penicuik – each with around 160 participants and a band, on June 27.

• Full story at the Edinburgh Evening News.

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