Freeman Memorial Parade - 24/04/09

The band made the long journey up to Coleraine tonight to support the Freeman Memorial.

As you can usually guess we were the last band to arrive and to be honest there wasnt to many people spectating around the time we paraded. I had spoke to various people and i was assured that earlier in the parade the crowds in the town centre where large in numbers out to watch the many bands that attended, being 53 in total including the hosts.

My parade report is mixed as i am adding other peoples accounts on the nights parade. I didnt see to many bands, those that i did see included Drumderg Loyalists who where coming over the bridge facing us, large in numbers and playing to a high standard as where the Rising Sons East Belfast who i also seen. They had a small and young membership and played well. Other bands on show tonight where South Belfast Young Conquerors, Dunamoney, Pride of the Maine, Drumaheagles, Crown Defenders Cloughmills and Dunaghey. A large turnout of local bands on parade. As i said, i didnt see much of the parade personally so the report is shortend to suit.

Tonight my own band walked with 5 flags, 16 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 34 flautists and marshalls. A good turnout of members making the trip to Coleraine. By our standards we played ok, new members and new tunes are starting to get better as the weeks go on.

Below are a selection of photographs of the band in action. (Thanks to Ally D)

Colour Party Drum Corps Fluters

Here is a clip of the band in action:
CLIP 1 - CLIP 2 - CLIP 3 - CLIP 4 - CLIP 5

Coleraine is a great length of a parade with alot of narrow streets and high buildings which adds to the noise level in the centre of town. The backsreets are ideal to try and test a few new tunes.

I was informed the Police on the night were cracking down on the notorious BBB (Blue bag brigade). Im very glad to hear this, i am not against people drinking i assure you, but as usual a few seem to use band parades for their own agenda.

But overall a good night in Coleraine. Thanks to everyone that made us welcome, paticulary the Freeman Memorial who gave us a cheer on what i reckon was a successfull night for the host band.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman