Bessbrook True Blues parade - 31/07/09

Over 40 bands travelled from near and far to support the Bessbrook True Blues. I can only describe the parade as a bad night with the weather, the rain never stopped and it was hard to lift the gloom that descended around the parade.

Not fair at all on the Bessbrook band. Great to see so many travelled up though, still showing them support and great loyality. The parade started at the Newry end and made its way up to the square in the village. More blow outs tonight than usual and even on a very wet night bands always try to enjoy themselves. I seen Drumaheagles up tonight from Ballymoney and also the Sons of Ulster Shankill, great to see. Also Lambeg Orange and Blue going well as always. I also seen the South Belfast Young Conquerors going well coming into the square as well as Kilcluney Volunteers.

Im afraid weather was a big factor tonight and i couldnt get home soon enough to be honest. Thats not in anyway putting the parade down though.

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

Colour Party Drum corp Drum corp

Here is a clip of the band in action.

Tonight we paraded with 3 of a colour party, 15 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 25 flautists and marshalls. Another good turnout on a hell of a night, thanks to all for attending.

We played ok but it was hard to lift the band on such a wet night. That said, our main aim was to support the Brook band. Well done to everyone for making their parade a success.

Well done Bessbrook True Blues.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman