Town hosts parade and protest marchers

HUNDREDS of marchers will converge on Scarborough today for the annual Orangemen parade.

Around 400 marchers from England, Scotland and Ireland are expected to take part in the march, which again takes place on the customary last Saturday in March.

Scarborough’s parade will set off from the Lancaster pub in Sandside at noon and head up Eastborough and through the town centre before turning on to Vernon Road and back along Foreshore Road.

The event sees Orangemen from across the world take to the streets to show their support for the monarchy and the government and commemorate King William of Orange bringing democracy to the country in 1690.

The town will also see a march of a different kind today as Scarborough and District Trades Council protest against Government cuts.

The march will begin at 11am and go to the Town Hall, in St Nicholas Street to hand a letter to Scarborough Council chief executive Jim Dillon .

After leaving the council headquarters, marchers will move on to the Conservative Club, in Huntriss Row, to give a copy of their letter to MP Robert Goodwill.

The moves tie in with national action by trade unions in London.

The protest is expected to attract around 200,000 people demonstrating against Government cutbacks.