Police hail Coatbridge St Patrick’s Day festival as a success

Luck of the Irish: St Patrick’s Day in Coatbridge

No arrests were made at the annual St Patrick’s Day celebration


Police in Coatbridge have described this year’s St Patrick’s Day festival as a “big success” with just two people receiving cautions throughout the day.

The festival, which celebrated its tenth year on Saturday, March 17, was attended by over 15,000 people. Organisers believe it to be the most well attended to date.

Despite the extra large crowd and the small police presence, there were no arrests on the day.

Two people were, however, cautioned for alcohol related incidents.

PC Davy Cumming from Coatbridge Community Policing team said he was pleased with how the day unfolded.

PC Cumming said: “We would consider the St Patrick’s Day festival to be a big success from our point of view.

“We had a very quiet day considering that there seemed to be many more people there than previous years. We only had to caution two people for drinking alcohol in a public place.

“It was a well organised event that didn’t cause our officers any problems.”

The street party marked the end of two weeks of events and festivities to celebrated the town’s Irish heritage.

Highlights of this year included a talk by former MP and author George Galloway and several concerts from local bands performing both contemporary and traditional Irish music.

A spokesman for the St Patrick’s Day organising committee said: “We thought the day was absolutely fantastic.

“Everybody who attended had a great day and the number of people in the crowd was a significant increase from previous years which we are obviously very pleased about.

“Of course, we are happy that there was no incidents and we welcome the support of our local policing teams.”

WITH MANY THANKS TO : By Kenny McKay, Source: STV Local.



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