A FLUTE band who are set to march through Glasgow on Saturday have hit out at the city council after they were asked to cancel their parade.

The Pride of Govan Flute Band have shared their anger after a council statement on Thursday expressed deep regret over the disruption to the community due to the marches. 

The loyalist group, who are expected to attract 800 people from 17 bands to Govan, have now hit out at the council's pleas with them to reconsider their 

On Thursday, Glasgow City Council announced that four marches through the city would take place after a temporary prohibition was put in place last weekend, stopping six parades. 

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Council officials also asked organisers to consider withdrawing the march to reduce tensions in the city, as well as reaching out to counter-protesters. 

Now, the flute band have said they are disgusted by the reaction from Glasgow City Council. 

In a statement, they said: "We have been in constant dialogue with GCC since Monday and at no time have we intimated that there would be any violence or disorder if our parade was to be cancelled. We were asked if we would consider postponing our parade by several weeks, we asked for assurances that if we postponed to a new date, would we be granted the same route that we have marched for the past 26 years.

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"This was denied us as GCC could not commit to such assurances. Therefore yes, we declined to cancel."

The band say they agreed to multiple route changes requested by the council but would not accept their event being cancelled. 

They added: "We are as much a part of the Govan community as anyone else is and should be afforded the same rights as others without predudice or discrimination by a Nationalist GCC. 

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"We would ask GCC and Police Scotland - who are making these threat's of violence and disorder? Surely if Police Scotland are aware of people making threats then they should do their job and deal with the individuals accordingly.

"On Saturday we will have our parade, we will lay our wreath and we will pay our respects to the fallen servicemen of our community.

"We would again ask that anyone attending our parade does so with respect and decorum."