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Make it a memorable night: Hundreds gather for GAWA fan parade to Windsor

Hundreds of fans have turned out and joined in on the parade to Windsor Park.

Police issued a warning to the Green and White Army to be on their best behaviour for Northern Ireland's crucial World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

The Green and White Army Road to Moscow Facebook fan page called for fans to gather for a parade to the ground an hour before kick off.

It warned those fans thinking of bringing flares or smoke bombs to the game to be aware of the consequences of setting them off.

Urging fans to spread the word, the page said: "It's up to you to turn up and make it happen."

Thousands heard of the plan across social media throughout Thursday, however, the police moved to pour cold water on the idea.

Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley, who is running the policing operation for the game took to Facebook.

"Our operation is designed to keep everyone safe and minimise disruption to local residents and traffic," he said.

"While we appreciate the excitement around the fixture, we will not allow anyone to break the law by blocking the road or disrupting traffic by arranging or participating in an organised walk.

"And anyone found guilty of setting off a flare or smokebomb could be fined up to £1,000. Please do get to the stadium early and enjoy yourselves but make tonight memorable for the right reasons and help us keep everyone safe."

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