McCurrie and Neil Memorial Parade - 25/06/10

We attended the parade tonight with nearly 40 years to the day since the PIRA murdered and attacked Protestants on the 27th June 1970, a date that over the years has prooved to never be forgotten in East Belfast.

Young men and women today may not know to much about this date or even the attack but anybody that knows anything about recent history knows that this day was huge in many ways.

This year the main service was held before the parade. It was well supported by both family and friends. Rev Gibson hit the nail on the head with his speech. Even today the PIRA/SF try to rewrite that nights events, but we know the truth surrounding this date.

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

The parade itself was led by the Gertrude Star followed by around 15 bands. The parade is invite only and consists of mostly local bands. It is held in very high esteem in East Belfast. Some bands in attendance were the Ballymacarret Defenders, Pride of the Raven, UVF Regimental, Albertbridge Accordian, Lord Carson Accordian, Blues and Royals, Fifes and Drums, Shankill Protestant Boys, North Down Defenders. All in good form.

Good turnout for the parade which is always great to see. It is not about the bands on the night or the crowd, its about the McCurrie and Neil familys and the events surrounding this sad affair.

John Keenan
East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute Band Chairman