Dozens of police vehicles lined the streets as around 800 loyalists set off through the streets of Govan.

Bands from across the West of Scotland began gathering near Ibrox stadium before 9am on Saturday ahead of a parade led by the Pride of Govan Flute Band. 

Specialist units and officers were stationed across the area, with buses from far and wide arriving as members shuffling off. 

In total, members of 17 bands were reported to have been taking part in today’s event.

As bands got ready to set off, traffic on Edmiston Drive slowed significantly, worsened by volunteers attempting to hand out promotion leaflets to passing drivers. 

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The notice, handed out by those from the Pride of Govan Flute band, warned of the need for no trouble. 

The statement added: “We must stress the need for a dignified response from all taking part today, be it bandsmen or supporters. 

“Please do not give the haters any cause to portray the PUL community in a negative way.”

The road was a sea of royal blue and orange, interspersed with uniformed band members and the occasional union flag. 

Police on horseback, as well as cops in support units, motorbikes, heavy armoured vans and patrolling officers,  numbered in the hundreds around Ibrox. 

Further units were also visible further down 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’. 

The parade in Govan is one of four loyalist processions going ahead in Glasgow on Saturday after a decision by the council not put a prohibition in place. 

This follows the announcement last weekend that six parades across Glasgow would be prohibited. 

However, a statement on behalf of the council claims organisers of the Pride of Govan march refused requests to withdraw the march to ensure public safety and prevent disorder - a claim the band refute. 

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A document published by Police Scotland regarding intelligence for today’s march claimed as many as 200 republican protesters could disrupt proceedings. 

However, there was little sign of this as the band marched off down Broomloan Road, towards the Govan Cenotaph. 

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