UVF Regimental Memorial Parade - 12/06/10

This parade means alot to us. It is in tribute to the local men that lost their lives in the conflict against violent Republicans. It has always been and always will be held in high regard by the EBPB.

Weather wise it was a scorcher. Really good crowds lined the route with a good buzz around the starting point. Around 25 bands attended. It was good to see the Airdrie Grenadiers FB all the way over from Scotland who were playing very well. The UVF regimental band were playing very well as were the Rising Sons, Lagan Valley and the South Belfast Young Conquerors. Fifes and Drums again very impressive latley. It was good to see the newly formed Lisburn Protestant Boys in attendance today. A good turnout representing the Shankill with the Shankill Star, Shankill Protestant Boys and the West Belfast Volunteers. On the meldoy front the Mourne Young Defenders and Pride of Ballinran both in fine form.

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

Colour party Drum corp Flute Corp

Here is clips of the band in action:
CLIP 1 - CLIP 2 - CLIP 3 - CLIP 4 - CLIP 5 - CLIP 6 - CLIP 7

Today our own band decided to parade in white shirts and i am glad we did. A really hot day and it prooved to be a good call. We paraded with 7 of a colour party, 2 drum majors, 16 drummers, 2 bass drummers, 35 flautists and marshalls for our first parade in our home turf this season. i can honestly say we had a good day, looking and sounding well. The new drums are getting some good comments and under the new tip Chris Kirk our drum corp are starting to click into gear. I must also mention our two young bass drummers Mort jnr and Grahmer who are prooving to be a good partnership.

Great display and great crowds with warm sunshine which would give any band a lift. It was also good to be one of the first bands away so we could watch the rest of the parade in memory of our fallen volunteers of East Belfast. Gone like a snowflake.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman