Some impressive new uniforms are unveiled

The bass drummers of Ballymoughan Purple Guards who will be collecting for Mid Ulster MS at the upcoming Twelfth celebrations
The bass drummers of Ballymoughan Purple Guards who will be collecting for Mid Ulster MS at the upcoming Twelfth celebrations

As the band community prepares for the July 12th processions across the province and beyond, several unveiled impressive new uniforms last weekend.

As the band community prepares for the July 12th processions across the province and beyond, several unveiled impressive new uniforms last weekend.

Shankill Protestant Boys, Ballymoughan Purple Guards Magherafelt, Pride of the Park Armoy and Bessbrook True Blues were just some of those who were resplendent in smart new parade dress.

On Friday night Bessbrook True Blues, still in their own distinctive colours, were among the 44 bands in Ballynahinch to support the Ballynahinch Protestant Boys Flute.

Highlights included Blair Memorial Omagh, once again in their replica uniforms of some 40 years ago, Spa Accordion, Kinallen Flute, Armagh True Blues and Castlederg Young Loyalists.

Elsewhere on Friday night the John Hunter Accordion were hosts in Mountnorris where a good crowd packed the quiet main street to see all of the local bands on parade.

In Moygashel for the Sons of Ulster, 24 bands were on show including Ulster Grenadiers Flute Carrickfergus who were walking in the village for the first time. Further north east the Pride of the Park Armoy had 28 bands in their home town, with the hosts particularly impressing at the end of the procession.

Saturday was a busy day for many, with event organisers including Rathcoole Protestant Boys, Flutes and Drums Donaghadee, Pride of Ballinran Kilkeel and Ballymoughan Purple Guards.

Ballymoughan had 31 bands supporting their traditional procession in Magherafelt, including the smart South Belfast Protestant Boys.

The host band also took the opportunity to announce that they will be collecting for Mid-Ulster MS Society at the upcoming 12th commemorations in Magherafelt.

In Kilkeel there were 35 bands on show for Pride of Ballinran, with, as to be expected, the melody flute category excelling, with Shankill Road Defenders putting in an exemplary performance.

In Donaghadee the Flutes and Drums organised a very relaxed and well supported evening; while in Rathcoole the Protestant Boys drew an impressive 42 bands to the massive estate, illustrating the respect in which they are held. Pride of Knockmore were strong, as were North Belfast Young Loyalists and Kilcluney Volunteers who participated in four band processions during the day.

Elsewhere Portglenone saw 16 bands on the streets to support the Milltown Accordion. Garryduff Flute, Aughrim Accordion, Killyless Accordion and Craigywarren Flute were among those well received.

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