Drumbeat: Newtownbutler young debutants on parade

Newtownbutler Border Defenders in their new uniform
Newtownbutler Border Defenders in their new uniform

Newtownbutler Border Defenders hosted a successful anniversary event

July began for many in the band movement in the Co Armagh village of Killylea, where the Ballyrea Boyne Defenders Flute were the host band on the 1st of July evening.

Massive crowds lined the entire parade route, witnessing a display of 47 bands.

The night began with a large number in period dress of the Great War era leading the procession, followed by a selection of flute, silver, pipe and accordion bands from across Co Armagh and far beyond.

Drum Accordion Monaghan were making their first appearance at the event and were well received, whilst another standout was the military disciplined Moneyslane Flute Rathfriland.

For most, however, the highlight of the night was the first ever appearance of the Armagh Volunteers Flute, a new band formed to celebrate the many important upcoming anniversaries.

On the Thursday evening Pride of the Village Flute Beragh held their annual parade in their home Tyrone town.

A slightly changed route from recent years actually added to the evening, with particular stand-outs in the participating bands the Omagh duo of the Protestant Boys and True Blues.

Newtownbutler Border Defenders Flute Band celebrated their 40th anniversary on Friday night with their long established traditional procession in their home village. In all 10 bands were in attendance to support the hosts, with nine being from Fermanagh itself.

The Newtownbutler district was well represented with Inver, Pride of the Village Magheraveely, Knox Pipe and Feugh Pipe all going well.

Defenders of the Rock Lisbellaw, North Fermanagh young Defenders, Enniskillen Fusiliers, Ballindarragh Accordion and Florencecourt Flute all impressed on parade; while the always strong Red hand Defenders Flute Newtownstewart West Tyrone completed the procession line-up.

The Border Defenders themselves were looking smart in their new dress shirts, and had a large turnout that included five young debutant flautists.

On Saturday night the streets of East Belfast were packed with spectators as they vibrated to the sounds of drums with the Gertrude Star hosting 50 bands at their annual procession.

The night began with a presentation from the hosts to Shankill Protestant Boys congratulating them on their 35th anniversary. Also on Saturday night Killycoogan Independent Accordion were the organisers in Portglenone, with 11 bands participating including the flute bands of Bushside Independent, Glenhugh and Garryduff.

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