Cambuslang flute band stage awayday in Motherwell field

An undisclosed Motherwell location will be the scene for a gathering of Orangemen from another local authority for their July 12 commemoration.

It emerged in newspaper reports at the weekend that the Cambuslang Britannia Flute Band intended to cross the border from South Lanarkshire to mark the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Since the weekend, the shape of the gathering has seemingly been enlarged due to what has been referred to by delighted band members as “positive media coverage”.

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At time of going to press on Wednesday the band’s William King told supporters that an indoor venue had been swapped for an outdoor option.

However, it was acknowledged that some would have to be excluded in the process – chiefly private lodges and other individual members who might otherwise wish to attend.

Mr King explained: “The event has now become bigger than first expected.

“We’ve secured a field on private property and we ask all our loyal supporters to stay away when the location is announced on Friday.

“Social distancing will be paramount and all bands will attend individually and as one is leaving another will be ready to play.”

However, it emerged that the licensing authority for where the event is being hosted had no knowledge of what is set to take place on Sunday.

A North Lanarkshire Council spokesperson said:“We have not been notified by this organisation that they intend to hold a public procession in the council area.”

He would not drawn any further on what action if any would be taken in regard to this, save from suggesting that we contact the police as to how the event could be managed.

However, North Lanarkshire’s most senior police officer was more forthcoming.

Chief Superintendent Alan Waddell said: “We are aware of a small number of local events and gatherings planned for this weekend to recognise the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

“However, our firm advice remains that people who want to mark this date should find alternative means to do so, rather than attending mass gatherings.

“We would encourage everyone to continue to follow the Scottish Government’s regulations and guidance to help the collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives.”