Pride of the Hill Rathfriland Parade - 12/06/09

The band made the trip to Rathfriland on a night that had good weather, sticky and warm but good none the less.

The square was packed with crowds and the noise was unreal. Bands coming from all directions. Forgetting about the bands for one minute, it also had one of the biggest ever burger vans ive seen at a parade. The police had a huge presence tonight, i dont know why as trouble at this parade is non-existant.

Big turnout of bands on show, Gertrude Star going well as were Kilcluney Volunteers when passing me in the carpark at the start of the route. I also seen Markethill Protestant Boys in new suits, looking the part. Clogher Protestant Boys, Pride of the Shore, LSO Benagh all going well. Most bands are now taking alot more interest in their style and appearance which is a good thing.

Our own band paraded with 7 of a colour party, 15 drummers, 3 bass drummers, 32 flautists and marshalls. A bigger colour party than normal looking the part. We played well in my opinion. The new tunes we have worked on are nearly the norm for us. Bass drummers giving it stacks and by our standards put on a good display. In my humble opinion, we took the Hill!

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

Colour Party Drum Corps

Here is a clip of the band in action:
CLIP 1 - CLIP 2 - CLIP 3 - CLIP 4 - CLIP 5 - CLIP 6

Tonight we were awarded:
1st Colour Party
1st Marching and Discipline
1st Bass Drum
1st Large Blood & Thunder
3rd Style and Appearance
3rd Large Blood Drum Corp
1st Best Overall

Well done to Pride of the Hill Rathfriland

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman