Mourne Young Defenders Parade - 7/08/09

The band made the long trip to Kilkeel to support the host band, the Mourne Young Defenders.

To be honest i wasnt expecting a big turnout on the night before Londonderry, but to my suprise they got 38 bands in total. Bands i seen tonight were Pride of the hill Rathfriland with a big band on show and playing to their usual high standard. I also seen the Shankill road defenders up tonight, again a top band. I also seen the Ulster Grenadiers, Portadown Defenders and Bessbrook True Blues on parade.

Good crowds in the usual hot spots around the route and the weather wasnt to bad. Ill also mention bands passing on parade. I am of the opinion that where possible, hosts should avoid it. Lets be honest, there are always 1 or 2 fools who persist on growing extra large elbows. We can argue all night about this being part of Blood and Thunder bands, of course it is but i would rather have a trouble free parade. This is my personal opinion of course and one im not slamming on the MYD. But surley towns and villages up and down the country can run a parade without the hassle of bands passing. Yes its down to peoples behavior but a non-passing route where possible must be the answer. 2 bands passing in the middle with cars parked on either side should be avoided.

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

Colour Party Drum Corps Bass drum

Anyway, i enjoyed the parade in Kilkeel. All bands i seen played well.

Tonight we paraded with 2 of a colour party, 15 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 28 flautists and marshalls. The bass drum was on fire and to be honest i thought the flutes never failed on the night.

Well done to Mourne Young Defenders and thanks for the invite!

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman