THE Orange Order has said it is “pleased but not surprised” that weekend marches passed without trouble despite concerns over possible public disorder.

No arrests were made during four Loyalist marches including a parade led by Govan Flute Band at the weekend which involved around 800 people from 17 bands from across the West of Scotland. 

The three other parades were in Springburn, Drumchapel and the city centre. 

Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, said: “We were pleased, but not surprised, to hear that the weekend’s parades passed off without incident. 

“Our members and supporters simply wish to be able celebrate their own heritage, as others are free to celebrate theirs. 

“If we all show a mutual tolerance and respect to each other, we can all continue to promote our own faith, culture and heritage in our great city.”

Glasgow City Council also recognised that tensions in the city had reduced following two previous weekends of disorder and signalled they will continue to have talks with organisers of marches. 

A spokeswoman said: “It looks like tensions around marches have reduced after the appalling scenes we’ve seen in recent weeks. 

“We look forward to continuing a dialogue with organisers, the police, the Government and local communities to move toward a state of normality.”

It comes after it emerged council officials asked organisers to consider withdrawing the Pride of Govan Flute Band march to reduce tensions in the city. 

The force confirmed, however, that the parade passed without incident or arrest.

They added that no protesters had been identified at any of the marches throughout the day.

Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow Division, said: “All four of the processions passed off without incident, with no protesters identified on any of the routes or anywhere else in the city.”

A significant police operation was however in place for the parade. Police on horseback, as well as in support units, motorbikes, heavy armoured vans and patrolling officers, numbered in the hundreds around Ibrox. 

Further units were also visible further along the route as dozens of vans and cars made their way towards Govan Road and Orkney Street. 

Those supporting the marchers were audibly unhappy with the level of 
policing on show, describing it as “unnecessary”. 

A special police unit , which is 300-strong, set up to deal with civil disorder in a no-deal Brexit were also deployed.