Goldsprings True Defenders parade - 18/07/09

Back to the routine straight after the 12th for us, walking with 14 and 26 wasnt bad.

We met at the First and last bar as the band was invited to a BBQ. Thank you must go to the organisers. The narrow streets of Comber are always great for noise and volume no matter what size the band. Good crowds around the square and under the bridge. Weather wise it was ok, a few spots of rain but still a warm night. I only managed to see a few bands tonight. Newtownards Protestant Boys in front of us were up in numbers and looked the part. As did the Ulster Grenadiers, i also just caught sight of the Newtownards Volunteer flute forming up, large in numbers.

The parade itself snaked its way around the town square where all bands seem to increase their volume. In the confined streets the noise is deafening. As always the crowds at the bridge were huge. The bands always impress under there. A great parade for just after the 12th.

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

Colour Party Colour Party Drum corp
Drum corp Bass drum Flute Corps

Here is clips of the band in action.
CLIP 1 - CLIP 2 - CLIP 3 - CLIP 4 -

Tonight the band was awarded the following:
1st B & T drum corp
1st Bass drum
2nd Blood & Thunder
3rd Drum Major
3rd Colour Party
1st Overall band

Tonight we paraded with 3 of a colour party, 14 drummers, 3 bass drummers, 26 flautists and marshalls. Not a bad turnout for a holiday period. We played quite well. The drum section and Bass drum were on fire, flutes in my view seemed to struggle to reach the heights we played on the 12th. Anyway i am always first to criticize my own band. Now the season is back in swing. Its good to get the first parade over.

Well done Goldsprings.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman