Keady ‘blood and thunder’ band to play at D-Day events

Drumderg Flute band from Keady has said it is an 'enormous honour' to play at the D-Day events
Drumderg Flute band from Keady has said it is an 'enormous honour' to play at the D-Day events

A Co Armagh ‘blood and thunder’ flute band is set to play in northern France this weekend to mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day.

Drumderg Flute band, from Keady, are travelling to Flanders to play at Menin Gate, Thiepval Tower and several other functions.

On their Facebook page a spokesman says they “will become the first blood and thunder band to take part in the Menin Gate Service of Remembrance”.

“Further to this we will also be touring the Ypres and Somme regions. In Ypres, one of our members whose grandfather was part of the Belgian resistance before emigrating to our shores will lay a wreath at the Belgian War Memorial.

“In the Somme region, in addition to visiting Thiepval and the Ulster Tower, we will also lay a wreath at the grave of Pte William McBride who was himself a Keady man.

“It would be difficult to describe in words what an enormous honour it is for the band to partake in the above events and pay our own version of tribute to the Great Fallen.”

Around 150 British ex-servicemen, now aged in their late 80s and 90s, will cross the Channel to remember lost comrades who helped bring liberation to Europe.