Orange Lodge hit out after Remembrance wreath is stolen for third year running

Kirkintilloch Remembrance Ceremony 2012
Kirkintilloch Remembrance Ceremony 2012

DISGUSTED members of an Orange Lodge have hit out after a wreath they laid for Remembrance Sunday was stolen for the THIRD year in a row.

The Loyal Orange Lodge No. 206, in Kirkintilloch, held a Remembrance parade on Saturday, November 3, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives defending their country.

A wreath was laid at the War Memorial gates in Peel Park by a 91-year-old veteran and a member’s grandfather. However, less than a week later the wreath had been removed

Members of the Lodge currently have family serving in Afghanistan.

Steven McLean, master of the lodge, said: “Why would someone want to remove the wreath? Is it because of who we are? When you lay a wreath it should remain there. This is the third year in a row this has happened. We will continue to lay a wreath.”

Head of roads and neighbourhood services, David Devine, said: “The council did not remove the wreath laid in respect of our brave fallen soldiers by the Orange Order on the 3rd November. We have checked footage from our CCTV cameras, but unfortunately have not been able to identify the culprit.”

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