Ballyhalbert F.B Annual Competition - 07/07/06

Lower WoodstockThe band made the trip to the seaside town of Ballyhalbert to take part in our last parade before the glorious 12th of July parade.

After brilliant weather all week it was a pleasant surprise to have an evening that was a bit cooler and the odd spot of rain to boot, as per usual we where late to attend this parade but alas at no fault of our own, as this the bus arrived late!

As we arrived at the parade venue I just managed to catch a wee eye over the Sandy Row UFF band as they set off on the mainly costal route. As we formed up to set off on the route Drumderg had just left and they seemed to be playing to their usual high standard.

BessbrookI was pleased to see a band travel the whole way down from Ballymoney to attended this parade, Drumaheagles are a band that I could personally listen to all night, they have a steady pace and the flutes always sound well.

Once we had finished the route we got to see the last few remaining bands finish up their sets outside the Orange Hall. Clogher and Ballynahinch Protestant Boys played a few tunes to get the rather large crows into singing modes etc.

Nice display by all the bands tonight and unfortunately my report is rather restricted as the parade was well under away before we arrived so I am not in a position to comment on the full parade.

Our own performance tonight was a good warm up to the 12th parade, the flutes where starting to sound true and the new tunes are going at a good pace. To be honest I must mention the 3 new members on the colour party whom have done a great job since joining the band recently.

Tonight we paraded with 18 side drummers, 31 fluters, 2 bass drummers, 3 cymbal boys, colour party of 6, a drum major and a side walker. So a great turnout for the band and many thanks to them all for attending.

Below are a selection of photographs of the band in action.

Colour Party Drum Major & Drum Corps Drum Corps Bass Drummers Flute Corps View of the Band

Rising Sons of the ValleyThe band where presented with the following awards during last nights parade competition results:
                1st Blood and Thunder Band
                1st Blood and Thunder Drum Corps
                1st Blood and Thunder Bass Drum
                1st Blood and Thunder Drum Major
                2nd Colour Party
                2nd Style and Appearance
                1st Best Overall Band

Yes this is a short parade and I thought our wee show outside the Orange Hall surprised a few people by playing an old tune in ‘Auld Orange Flute’ which was recently brought back into the bands play list and this is indeed this tunes is a good crowd pleaser. South Down Defenders

There was a good crowd in the centre of the village and many thanks to Ballyhalbert and the local people for making us feel welcome.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman

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