Festival announce added feature

With 2012 having had so many important centenary events, and of course being the start of a decade of centenaries, spectators have been invited to dress in period costume for the proceedings.

One of the event facilitators, Newsletter Band correspondent Quincey Dougan, explained ‘ it’s been a year of looking back to 1912 and the people and events of the year. Donning the outfits and dress of the time is just another way to celebrate and remember our forebears.’ Quincey goes on to explain that bands played a prominent role in the many rally’s and demonstrations of the time, not least in several major Ulster Hall events, and its very appropriate that as the year comes to a close its played out by the Ulster marching band. On the night the Ancre Somme Association, resplendent in their period dress, will be a part of proceedings, with 8 of the Provinces most entertaining bands on the line-up. The first participants from over the Northern Ireland Border, Monaghan’s Drum Accordion, are sure to be one of the main attractions. The rest of the schedule includes Newtownards Melody, Whitewater Pipe, Pride of the Orange and Blue Flute, Cloughmills Crown Defenders Flute, Pride of the Raven Flute, Derryloran Boyne Defenders and Ballycraigy Auld Boys Flute.