Bessbrook parade - 30/07/10

The band travelled to the hosts parade as we have done many a year in a not so friendly area to support Bessbrook. The new motorway made the journey alot easier.

We arrived in good time to see the South Fermanagh Loyalists, South Belfast Young Conquerors and Pride of the Hill Rathfriland form up. All playing well at the start of the 30 min route. It is an enjoyable wee dander up the hill and around both squares were most of the crowds stand and watch. Portadown Defenders and the Markethill Protestant Boys caught my eye tonight as did Clogher Protestant Boys and Drumaheagles.

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

Colour party Drum corp Bass drum

Tonight we were awarded:
Best Visiting Band
2nd Best Lead Tip
2nd Marching+Discipline
1st Style+Appearance
1st Best Regimental Colour Party
1st Best Bass Drummer
2nd Best Blood+ Thunder Drum Corps
1st Best Blood+ Thunder Flute
Best Overall
It was a good turnout for the host band which is great to see as they deserve the support.

Tonight we paraded with 7 of a colour party, 14 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 25 flautists and marshalls. My view was it was a good night and the band was on fire from the of.

Well done Bessbrook.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman