Pride Of The Hill Carnmoney
This was a parade that we should have attended before this year but had failed to do so. Yet great credit to the lads from carnmoney who came to Kilkeel 2 years running despite our failure to attend their competition last year.
Don't know about the rest of the band but I always enjoy going along to new parades. Sometimes I feel you can get into a routine of going along to the same parades year in and year out and I'm certainly pleased that we made the effort to head up to Glengormley.
A healthy crowd lined the route as over 40 bands paraded, bidding to impress the judges. The melody section was going to be tight once again with East belfast UVF Regimental, the Millar Memorial and Sopns of William Cookstown all in attendance.
Unfortunately the bus ended up having to park 8 miles away (slight exaggeration) from where we were due to start, but it gave David Montgomerie plenty of time to ponder over Linfield's end of season capitulation and failure to win the Gibson Cup. He was last seen in a phone box with 12 bags of 10ps and a number for the Samaritins.
As for the parade, we eventually got going around 9.10. Big band yeat again, 28 flutes, 13 drums, 6 flags, 1 drum major and 2 percussion. I have to say I found the parade very enjoyable and the reaction the band received from the crowd was fantastic. So if you were one of the nice people at the side of the road thank you very much.
The judges were impressed again as we lifted all of the main awards, particularly pleasing considering the high number of both melody and b&T bands in attendence.
We lifted the prizes for 1st Melody Flute, 1st Style and Appearance, 1st Melody Drum Corps and 1st Overall band. A Good Nights work.
In the Blood and Thunder section East Belfast Prod Boys lifted the top awards. They certainly seem to be setting the standards in their section for the others to follow.