Roamer: Ulster bands participate in services of Remembrance

Pride of Knockmore alongside Irish wolfhound Tullagh in Lisburn
Pride of Knockmore alongside Irish wolfhound Tullagh in Lisburn

Hundreds of the Province’s marching bands were engaged in a wide range of events last weekend surrounding annual Remembrance services.

Just a selection included Mavemacullen Accordion in Loughgall with the Loughgall War Memorial Committee, Ballyreagh Silver on the march with Fintona Royal British Legion, Ballykeel Conservative Flute with Holywood Remembrance Service Committee and Blackhill Accordion with Garvagh British Legion.

Lisnaskea Royal British Legion were accompanied by Lisnaskea Accordion and Lisnaskea Silver, while the local branch in Magherafelt were joined by Aghagaskin Flute. In Portrush, local band the Sons of Ulster participated in the Legion procession in the town for the first time, and received an excellent reception.

Another interesting event took place on Saturday morning, where a parade to Lisburn Cenotaph took place organised by Pride of Knockmore Flute and Lisburn Orange District 6. Despite poor weather, there were hundreds of parade, watched by large crowds along the procession route.

The Irish wolfhound has, of course, been a celebrated Irish military icon and mascot for centuries, and an interesting aspect for the spectators was the Irish wolfhound that accompanied Pride of Knockmore.

Named Tullagh Waterfall, the wolfhound on Saturday is owned by Miss Shirley Scott, who herself has a strong military heritage in her family. On Saturday evening the Omagh Protestant Boys continue their Great Band of Ulster series of concerts, now into their third year.

Showcasing award-winning bands from across the Province, along with the hosts, this year’s line-up includes Brunswick Accordion, Dungannon Silver and the Ulster Scots Juvenile Pipe.

The evening take place in the prestigious Strule Arts Centre at 8pm, with admission by ticket only. For ticket enquiries contact Kenny Porter on 028 8075 8837/ 07710 042509 or alternatively contact Strule Arts Centre at 028 8224 7831.

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