Sons of Ulster, Shankill Road F.B Annual Competition - 05/05/07

The band made the short trop across the city to the Shankill Road, by the time we arrived the parade was well under way.

Goods crowds up the Shankill but with the Irish Cup Final on the same day it was to be expected that everyone would be out to watch the bands, we got lots of stick from the Linfield fans but it was all in good taste.

At one point I thought we where wearing Glentoran kits instead of our uniforms anyway it was good crack up the Shankill.

I was able to see the mighty Shankill Protestant Boys coming past the Orange Hall on their home turf with them looking well and playing well. Also caught sight of the Whiterock band with their fantastic bass drum ringing the ears of everyone around them!

Ballysillan and Ballymoughan Purple guards whom made the trip down from Magherafelt to attend the parade. Tonight we had great weather on this Saturday night added to the fantastic atmosphere of the night.

Big turnout of bands travelling to the Shankill tonight for the Sons of Ulsterís parade, great to see and great for the host band indeed. Ballykeel Loyal Sons of Ulster and Donaghadee Fusiliers where also going will as was South Down DUP, so it was a great parade to watch.

On the night we walked with 17 side drummers, 28 fluters, 3 bass drummers and a colour party of 8. a good performance on our part without sounding big headed for our second outdoor parade and we are starting to find our feet.

Sometimes it takes a while to take off but this was out best performance so far, new tunes and new CD is kicking in and the season is well underway.

Thanks to the Sons of Ulster for inviting us to their parade; we as usual always enjoy it.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman

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