South Belfast Young Conquerors parade - 25/07/09

The band made the small trip over the city to take part in the passes parade. Its been 4 years since we had done it and alot of our newer members had never done it with us. So a big day all round and it proved to be the case.

40 bands attended on what was a hot sunny day in South Belfast. Good crowds out today so soon after the 12th (13th). I could sense a good feeling about the place. I caught sight of the Newtownards Protestant Boys and the Newtownards Volunteer flute, both out in big numbers from the low country. Ulster Grenadiers looked sharp in their whites. West Belfast Volunteers in good tune as were all the bands i seen. Some bands maybe down in numbers due to holidays but it didnt affect their performances. Gortagilly up from Moneymore going well as were Ballymacash and Pride of Knockmore, Lisburn. Kilcluney Volunteers, POTH Rathfriland and Downshire all in good tune.

The route today was slightly changed, it turned into Barrington Street and then back onto the main Donegal road. Far better in my humble opinion as bands could do running repairs and catch a wee break, before heading back in the main parade to finish.

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

Tonight the band was awarded the following:
3rd Snr Drum Major
1st Drum Corp
1st Bass drum
1st Large blood and thunder
3rd Marching and Discipline
Best Overall band

Great parade in the South today. One small thing that let it down was the lack of Melody bands in attendance. But the best Blood and Thunder bands in the country on parade for the spectators. Our own band paradeded with 4 of a colour party, 15 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 29 flautists and marshalls. Another good turnout for a holiday period and a good performance from all. I have to mention our 2 bass drummers, big Grahamer and young Chris. We had to put together a new double act today and both played out of their skins. Not easy at the pass parade but under the watchful eye of big Jim we rocked all day. Today the results went our way. Its been a while since we walked the pass and the band enjoyed it.

Well done South Belfast Young Conquerors.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman