Sectarian slur follows walk

A SICK sectarian slur on a wall in Girvan has shocked and angered the town’s community.

The graffiti, written on a wall in Queen’s Drive, appeared after the Orange Walk through the town on Saturday afternoon.

Queen’s Drive had been part of the route used by the Apprentice Boys of Derry Maybole Walkers Club on Saturday.

Upset residents contacted the Gazette to express their disgust at the weekend’s vandalism, which they argued was an “irresponsible act” and could stir trouble in the town.

The resident of The Avenue who got in touch said: “It’s is wholly unacceptable and sheer stupidity and I hope that whoever is responsible is brought to justice. Especially at this time when there is a national campaign to rid the country of sectarianism, people find it amusing to writing slogans like that in the town. It’s a completely irresponsible act.

“A lot of young children walk along Queen’s Drive to go to play at Victory Park and will see this. What will they think? Or what about people visiting the town? It’s disgusting that there are some people who find this funny. I wasn’t in favour of the walk in the town on Saturday in the first place for fear of trouble but it passed off peacefully. I’m sickened that someone in our town felt it was appropriate to do this afterwards. It’s not welcome at all in this town. I really do hope that this will be a one-off and not happen again.

“This has never been a problem in Girvan and I certainly hope it will not start one.”

Community council chairman Alec Clark hoped that whoever was responsible would be caught. He said: “There is no place for sectarianism in Girvan. I think it is extremely regrettable, not just for the residents who live close by, but for the whole town that this has happened.

“It is not something that has been an issue here at all, I’ve never seen anything like this before. I think the local community are very welcoming to all and have been for many, many years and will continue to be so. We don’t need nonsense like this in the town.”

The graffiti in question had been removed by Tuesday afternoon, to the relief of nearby residents.

Local police are continuing with their inquiries.