QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 1st Nov 2012, 10:05am)
Well, Dave, seemingly it was not allowed, ergo it did not happen !
I don't believe you will find anyone disagree with you that the bands did indeed walk slowly or even stop outside any chapel that they may have been passing, I think that can be accepted as a fact. The time frame that Foxy & others are referring to is the the mid 60's & beyond.
I was a member of the William Dawson band ( as was Foxy) & as we were usually with the Springburn lodge(s) we usually passed by the big chapel on Saracen St ( can't remember the name of it! but it was away back from the road at the top of the hill!) and I clearly remember "giving it laldy" going passed it in the early 60's when I first joined as a boy.
But, I just as clearly remember being warned in no uncertain terms by both the police & the Orange Lodge Marshals in the mid 60's that we were not to play going passed it, the only thing that was allowed was the Base drummer &/or the lead snare drummer to sound out the "step". ( and yes! they did so with some "Vigor")
If we failed to obey this directive we (the band) would have been denied a permit to parade & banned from marching the following year.
So, did it still happen on an occasion? Yes! no doubt, but rest assured there would have been severe consequences for that band. One last comment, it should be remembered that not all band members were members of the Orange Order, then or even now, in fact I would hazard a guess that the majority are NOT members.