Last Saturday night a massive crowd packed the Dungannon Swifts social Club in Moygashel to support the Pomeroy True Blues Flute.
The Pomeroy band had organised the evening to mark the advent of the 70th anniversary of their formation, with four visiting bands from counties Down, Tyrone and Londonderry all performing.
First on the floor was Newry City’s Loyal Sons of Benagh, closely followed by other high standard blood and thunder marching music from Montober Cookstown, Gortagilly Coronation and Moneydig Young Conquerors Garvagh.
The best reception of the evening, however, came for the hosts, with, in particular, the response to Orange standard The Fields of Ulster outstanding.
This has been a highly successful year for Pomeroy True Blues, and already plans are being made and work ongoing to ensure 2016 is equally as successful.
Also on Saturday the second week of the annual North of Ireland Bands Association contest took place in Armagh.
The World Championship Flute section was particularly tightly fought, with Ballylone adjudicated first place, Ballygowan second and Hunter Moore in third.
Halloween brings a very busy fundraising weekend, with dozens of band organised events across the length and breadth of Ulster.
On Saturday night there are Halloween fancy dress discos for Star of the Roe Flute in Limavady Football Club, for Burntollet Sons of Ulster in Rochester’s Londonderry, for Shankill Road Defenders in Juma Street Blues Club, for Greyabbey Flute in the Greyabbey Village Hall, for South Belfast Protestant Boys in Barrington Street Rangers Supporters Club and for Pride of Lagan Valley in Balmoral Bowling Club.
In the Castle Inn Castlederg a fancy dress disco and fundraiser for the Cambuslang Ulster Scots Society will feature Barron Accordion, Plumbridge Brian Boru Pipe, Castlederg Young Loyalists Auld Boys and Kilclean Pipe.
Other functions taking place with a difference are for the Pride of the Bann Flute Coleraine who have a ‘fight night’ taking place in the Sperrin Club, with nine boxing bouts scheduled.
Also on Saturday night Coleraine’s Ballyrashane Flute host their annual band versus lodge darts competition in the Coronation Club, with the proceeds going to the Christie memorial Scholl to support children with special needs.
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