A GLASGOW priest who was attacked during an Orange March has questioned a decision to route this year's procession past his church. 

Canon Tom White was spat on outside St Alphonsus' Church on London Road during a parade on July 7 last year. 

Orange Lodges from across Glasgow have notified Glasgow City Council of their intended routes for this year's marches, with Canon White's church set to be passed by around 500 participants. 

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This is part of an afternoon procession by the Orange And Purple District 37, Orange And Purple District 40, and Rutherglen Orange And Purple District 20 groups. 

Members of the Calton church have called for the route to be changed, saying protests would be “likely”.

A spokesman for Canon White and the church said: "We have no desire to deny the right to march, that is entirely their right and we support their freedom of speech.

"To choose a route past a church where a priest has been assaulted is something we just can't understand - it is inflammatory.  

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"We support the rights of loyal orders to celebrate their traditions, but we ask them to respect our right to practice our religion without fear of intimidation."

Canon White also confirmed that he would continue to welcome parishioners on the street outside his church, as he does every week. 

The Catholic church in Glasgow have called the proposed routes "extraordinarily insensitive", saying the marches would cause "anxiety and fear". 

A spokesman for the Archdiocese added: "After the distressing scenes of last year in this precise location, sensitivities are high. Many regard the planned marches as unduly provocative. 

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"We would trust that the police will take these issues into consideration when offering advice to the City Council on how to proceed.”

The marches, which will take place ahead of the Battle of the Boyne celebrations on July 12. 

Almost 5,000 marchers are expected to take part in around 35 processions across the city on July 6. 

Glasgow City Council will now liaise with Police Scotland to discuss any objections to the proposed routes. 

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "The approval for any parade route is a matter for Glasgow City Council."

The Grand Lodge declined to comment. 

To view all routes proposed by Orange lodges across Glasgow on July 6, click here.