Kilcluney Volunteers Parade - 05/06/09

You wouldnt have thought it was a year since Kilcluneys last parade, and once again a great turnout with 105 of Ulsters finest bands plus a visiting band from Liverpool, the Everton Road Protestant Boys.

The crowds were massive and they travelled from near and far to watch what now is one of the premier nights on the Loyalist Calender.

For us getting there in good time was an absolute nightmare as we got stuck in a traffic jam for over one hour on the Portadown Road.

Loads of bands to please everyone. Brass, Silver, Accordian, Flute and Pipe. What more do you need? Blood and Thunder of course the main event for most people. Lambeg came home with the smaller section trophie, Clogher Protestant Boys with the larger section. Well done to both, a good succesfull night for both bands. The parade route isnt that long and huge crowds ensure a quicker pace that lifts all bands.

On the night many bands caught my eye. Portadown Defenders, Ulster Grenadiers, Gertrude Star, Newtownards Protesant Boys, Pride of the Shore, Downshire Guiding Star and Pride of the Hill Rathfriland just some of the huge numbers on show tonight.

Tonight our own band paraded with 6 of a colour party, 17 drummers, 3 bass drummers, 32 flautists and marshalls. We also made an appearance in our white trousers which is rare for us now a days. In my opinion our own performance was top drawer. We took of on fire and sorry if i am blowing my own trumpet but for weeks we have been in my view average, tonight well above that! On the night we picked up 2nd Blood and Thunder, not bad for 105 bands. But the pleaseing thing for us was getting more new tunes on the road.

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

Colour Party Drum Corps

Here is a clip of the band in action:

Tonight we were awarded:
2nd Blood & Thunder
2nd B&T Drum Corp
2nd B&T Bass Drum
2nd JR Drum Major

The main thing tonight was attending one of the largest gatherings of bands in the country and putting on a decent display. Well done to the Kilcluney Volunteers on your parade and new uniform. Another great night in Markethill!

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman