Ballysillan Memorial Parade - 22/05/10

On a hot sticky day for parading we headed to the Ballysillan Memorial Parade. We arrived in good time and i was able to watch the Shankill Protestant Boys lead the parade, luckily for them in shirts.

Around 15 bands attended the parade. Bands such as the UVF Regimental, Monkstown YCV who had a number of guest colour partys, Pride of the Hill Carnmoney, City of Belfast Fifes and Drums, Rising Sons of the Somme, South Belfast Young Conquerors, Shankill Star, and the YCV Shankill to name a few. Not the biggest of turnouts but good crowds around the Ballysillan estate enjoying the sunny weather with many opting to sit in their gardens to watch.

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

Colour party Drum corp Bass drum

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

Our own band paraded with 6 of a colour party, 1 drum major, 17 drummers, 3 bass drummers, 31 flautists and marshalls. A good turnout for us for our first of two parades on today.

The parade passed of without much fuss or bother which is a testament to the men it is in memory of.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman