Antrim prepares to host Junior Orange parade
THIS weekend sees Antrim host the special Jubilee Orange Parade on Saturday afternoon when the County Antrim and Londonderry Junior Lodges invite others to join with them for their annual outing.
The parade will assemble and move off from Fountain Hill at approximately 12.30pm.
It is anticipated that approximately 3,000 people will attend this event, with 39 bands taking part. People coming to this event should allow plenty of time for their journey as there will be traffic diversions throughout the town.
The anticipated parade route is as follows: assembly at 12 noon at Fountain Hill Antrim, Fountain Street, Church Street, to Castle Grounds and playing fields behind Antrim Forum; return at 3.30pm: Forum playing fields, Lough Road, Dublin Road, Bridge Street, High Street, Fountain Street, to Buses at Fountain Hill/Belfast Road.
Following the parade in Antrim many of the bands will be making the short trip to Ballymena to show their support for Pride of the Maine as they host their annual parade.
All Antrim bands will be on parade during the Jubilee parade on Saturday and in addition to this, the Steeple Veterans have been asked to perform at Clonlee Nursing Home to help them celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee before moving on to the estate to perform at the Jubilee Celebrations being held there.
The officers and members of Ballycraigy Sons of Ulster Flute Band would like to thank the people of Antrim and further afield for their generous donations at their annual parade in town on Friday, May 4, where they managed to raise a total of £732.64. The parade saw a total of 26 visiting bands make their way through the town and the hosts wish to thank them all for their continued support. Ballycraigy Sons of Ulster will be on parade this coming Saturday in Antrim before moving on that evening to Ballymena.
The Wee Blue Army have been busy again lately with parades and events all on the go most recently.
The band was honoured to lead Ballykeel’s 30th Anniversary Parade and managed to pick up 1st Flute Corp and Junior Drum Major on the night which was very pleasing and the band wish to congratulate Jamie Gould on this achievement.
Away from the parades and the band put together a football team to support Burnside in the opening of their new pitch and had a great day as they played their way through to the final in which they were narrowly defeated by Randalstown.
Friday night saw a concert of Ulster Scots music hosted by the Steeple Defenders take place at Loanends Hall and a great evening of Friendship and traditional entertainment was had by all in attendance.
The Wee blue army will be on parade this weekend again as they make the trip to Limavady on Friday evening to support Ballyquinn before Saturday sees them participate in the Jubilee Parade before travelling on to Pride of the Maine in Ballymena.
The band currently has vacancies in the ranks and in particular the Colour Party. Anyone wishing to become a member should contact any current member or attend practice on Monday evenings at IEP Office Parkhall Shops. Free tuition, coaching, education and practice is all provided.
If you have anything you wish included in Band Scene, contact us via the above email addresses.
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Sunday 26 May 2013
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