Protestant Boys, East Belfast Annual Band Parade & Competition - 16/05/2009


It is hard to believe its been a year since our last parade. Last year after our own parade being plagued by anti social behavior, which we to be honest had no control over, it looked as though this years parade wouldnt take place.

However, we decided to go ahead with it, after thirty years holding one we did not want to dissapoint the decent people who come out to watch year in year out. There was no point letting people spoil it for others because certain elements cant watch a parade and enjoy it for what it is.

I am more than happy to report that the parade was a big success. There were a number of reasons for this but the main one was getting the parade started earlier than previous years. The fear of course was wether or not bands could meet all the deadliones we asked them to. A big thank you must go to every single band for helping on this. Not one single band missed the time imposed. As with every year we will be looking to improve our parade for the next year.

The parade was headed by a local band, the UVF Regimental band from East Belfast. It is their 40th anniversery year so well done to them on another milestone.

In total, forty bands attended on the night which was more than expected. The North West was on the same day and lets be honest, its hard to compete with such an event which is why a number of the larger bands were down in numbers. On the night we are pleased with the turnout and now its up to us to help bands that attended by making the effort in attending them as they did us!

The weather tonight just about cleared up after a week of rain, but it was windy at times which gives flag bearers a harder job.

Bands travelled from as far as Ardboe, Coleraine, Lisbellaw, Keady and Markethill. Some of the bands that did turn up such as Clyde Valley Larne, Tamlaghtmore Tigers, Finaghy True Blues and Ballyhalbert took us by suprise.

Below is a complete list of the 40 bands that took part in our annual parade:

1. UVF Regimental Band, East Belfast
2. Pride of the Raven
3.City of Belfast Fifes and Drums
4.Lambeg Orange and Blue
5.Burnside SOU
6.Finaghy True Blues
7.Lord Carson Memorial
8.Ballyclare Protestant
9.Rising Sons of the Somme
10.Tamlaghtmore Tigers
11.Loyal Sons of Benagh
12. Monkstown YCV
13.Freeman Memorial
14.Pride of the Shore
15.Pride of Lagan Valley
16.Whitewell Defenders
17.Ballykeel LSO
18.Rising Sons East Belfast
19.West Belfast Volunteers
20.Crimson Star
21.Bessbrooke True Blues
22.Defenders of the Rock
23. Shankill Fusiliers
24.Clogher Protestant Boys
25.Goldsprings True Defenders
26.Sons of Kai Rathcoole
27.Ballyhalbert
28.Sons of Ulster Shankill
29.Gertrude Star
30.South Belfast Young Conquerors
31.Pride of the Hill Rathfriland
32.Upper Falls Protestant Boys
33.Downshire Guiding Star
34. South Down Defenders
35.Clyde Valley Larne
36.Kinallen
37.Mourne Young Defenders
38.Drumderg Loyalists
39.Craigavon Protestant Boys
40.Kilclunney Volunteers






Below is a list of the results of this competition parade:

BEST VISITING BAND
1st: Tamlaghtmore Tigers


MELODY DRUM MAJOR
1st: Mourne Young Defenders
2nd: City of Belfast Fifes and Drums

MELODY DRUM CORPS
1st: UVF Regimental
2nd: Mourne Young Defenders

MELODY BASS DRUM
1st: Mourne Young Defenders
2nd: City of Belfast Fifes and Drums

MELODY FLUTE
1st: Mourne Young Defenders
2nd: UVF Regimental

MELODY STYLE AND APPERANCE
1st: UVF Regimental
2nd: Mourne Young Defenders

COLOUR PARTY
1st: Clogher Protestant Boys
2nd: POTH Rathfriland

B&T DRUM MAJOR
1st: Kilcluney Volunteers
2nd: Whitewell Defenders

B&T BAND - SMALL
1st: Pride of the Shore
2nd: Goldsprings TD

B&T DRUM CORPS - SMALL
1st: Ballykeel LSOU
2nd: Pride of the Shore

B&T BASS DRUM
1st: Clogher Protestant Boys
2nd: Kilcluney Volunteers

B&T DRUM CORPS - LARGE
1st: Drumderg Loyalists
2nd: Clogher Protestant Boys

B&T BAND - LARGE
1st: Drumderg Loyalists
2nd: Clogher Protestant Boys

B&T STYLE & APPEARANCE
1st: Clogher Protestant Boys
2nd: Drumderg Loyalists

BEST ACCORDION
1st: Lord Carson

BEST OVERALL BAND
1st: Clogher Protestant Boys









Some great displays tonight in my eyes, some bands playing out of their skin. Keady, Goldsprings and POTH Rathfriland playing great.

In fact, its not fair me singling out any bands as we were more than pleased just to have the parade running smooth. This year for some reason i really enjoyed the night. It went like clockwork. Bands really made an effort to parade early and it made a large difference to us. It definatley looks like it is the way to go in the future.

Familys have told me its the first time ever that they were able to watch the entire parade in daylight hours. Without sounding all chuffed we all enjoyed the entire night which was only made possible by hard work and behind the scenes effort.

So once again, thanks to everyone for helping with our parade, hopefully repeating the success next year.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman

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