Roses Lane Ends band on July 12, 1948.
A LISBURN flute band founded 100 years ago by a man who
painstakingly bought one instrument per week will celebrate its
centenary tonight (Friday) at a party in Stormont's Great Hall
The event in honour of Roses Lane Ends has
been organised by Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, one of the
band's most dedicated supporters.
This temperance flute outfit from Ballinderry
is so called after a crossroads in the district where a shop
once stood with a lady called Rose (McMullan) behind the
Now Roses Lane Ends, founded by one Edward
Stitt is about to celebrate its centenary on Friday December 12.
"We couldn't have a grander venue," says
member Roy Wilson. "Every member is looking forward to that
100th birthday bash."
Especially concert flautist Willie Yarr who
at 88 is the oldest member and still going strong.
Roses Lane Ends is in perfect harmony today
with Alwyn Toner conducting, but wasn't always like that. The
band was once so poor it couldn't afford to buy a drum and had
to beat time on a table.
Any former members or supporters who wish to
attend the great event can contact bass flautist David Steele at
02894-42236 for details and tickets.
"It's going to be an emotional occasion for
everyone there," says David who explain that the band grew out
of Roses Lane Ends Orange Lodge No 68 with whom it parades at
Twelfth of July and on other anniversaries.
Founder Stitt ó in the summer of 1908 used
to travel to Belfast market every Friday to sell farm produce
and each week he bought a new flute for half-a-crown (12 and a
half pence today) until all his musician; were equipped ó
including the drummer Which was a huge relief to the first
conductor James Henry Hazlett.
Not that his musicians appeared to learn lot
of tunes in those early days. In fact whey they guested at the
opening of Lower Ballinderry Orange Hall in 1910 they knew only
three tunes and had to play them over and over.
By the time 1938 arrived Roses Lane End; was entering band
contests and came away. from the Ulster Hall in
Belfast with a first prize that year. The band won another top
competition at Portadown 10 years later. And then, in 1999, 2000
and 2001 it pulled off a remarkable hat-trick by carrying of the
junior Irish Championship in each of those three years.
Stormont reception marks centenary of Roses
Lane Ends Flute Band
Roses Lane Ends Temperance Flute Band Centenary celebrations
continued on Friday 12th December when Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey
Donaldson hosted a reception in The Great Hall, Stormont. The
dance and buffet supper follows on from other successful events
during the year including - Civic Reception in the Mayorís
Parlour in May, hosted by the then Mayor, Councillor James
Tinsley; Band Parade and Praise and Thanksgiving Service in
Ballinderry Parish Church in June; Variety Concert in Maghaberry
Orange Hall in September; and a Dinner Dance in lower Maze
Community Hall in November.
Welcoming band members and guests to Parliament Buildings, Mr
Donaldson said that it was a tremendous achievement for a band
to reach its centenary and that he was delighted to have them as
his guests. Giving a brief history of the band and their many
achievements, he spoke of the vision of the members in founding
the band and how under the leadership of James Henry Haslett,
the first conductor, they met for practice in Ballymacraven
until the present hall was built in 1912.
The band entertained invited guests to a great selection of
popular tunes and after a delightful buffet supper, band members
and friends danced the night away to the music of Class Act,
Roses Lane Ends Temperance Flute Band
pictured at Stormont. L to R: (front row) Mark Ross,
Kenneth Totten, John Stewart, Reuben Hanna and Gregg
Hanna. (second row) David Steele, Roy Wilson
(Secretary), Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson,
Alwyn Totten (Conductor), Sandy Wilson (Chairman)
and Gary Shields. (back row) Zoe Montgomery, Carolyn
Hunter, Alison Walker, Nicola Hull, Gareth Murray,
Adam Higginson, David Cummins, Allen Yarr and Nigel
Band members Alwyn Totten (Conductor)
and Sandy Wilson (Band Chairman) pictured with Lagan
Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, Vivien McCullough and
Roy Wilson (Band Secretary) pictured
with his wife Shirley, brother Mervyn and
Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson and
his PR Officer Susan Kyle (left) pictured with event
organiser David Steele, his wife Gillian, children
Leah and Lucy and (back row) Gareth Murray and
L to R: Patricia Yarr, Rosemary
Hunter, Iris Andrews, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey
Donaldson, Carolyn Hunter and Allen Yarr. (back row)
Jackie Hunter, Billy Mairs and Jim Yarr.
Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson
pictured with youngest band members Jordan, Gregg
and Reuben Hanna. Included are Aimee Consiglia and
May Waksow (right) and Annie Phillips, Karen Hanna
and Wesley Hanna (back row).
Base drummer John Stewart pictured
with his wife Marianne, parents Kathleen and Irvine
and Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey.
L to R: Thomas and Janet Grant,
Trevor and Wendy Montgomery, Sydney and Sandra
McGown, Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, Randal
and June Stewart, Ronnie McCord, Pat Fulton, Raymond
and Pearl McKee, Susan McCord and Billy Fulton.
Trevor and Wendy Montgomery, Lagan
Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson and Thomas and Janet
Ronnie and Edna Purdy and Raymond and
Band members Carolyn Hunter, Alison
Walker, Nicola Hull and Zoe Montgomery out of
uniform and looking chic for the evening dance and
Sandy Wilson, David Steele and David
L to R: (front row) Margaret Cummins,
Alison Cummins, Patricia Ross and Lyndsay Murray.
(back row) David Cummins, Mark Ross, Alan Ross and
David and Gillian Steele and family
pictured with Gillianís intricate cross-stitched
Band member Nigel Wilkinson and his
girlfriend Jill Smith.
Reuben Hanna, one of the youngest
band members pictured with his girlfriend Aimee
L to R: Mervyn and Elsie Wilson,
Ronnie and Edna Purdy, Raymond and Sylvia Ingram,
Sam and Christine McConnell, Isaac and Heather
Tinsley, Alan and Patricia Ross and Lewis Thompson.
Sam McConnell (fourth from left in back row) is
the son of the late Lord Brian McConnell.
L to R: Sydney and Sandra McGown,
John and Caroline Greer, Desi and Linda Hamilton,
Nigel Wilkinson and Jill Smith, Gareth Murray and
Christina Stewart, Nigel and Julie Grant, Edmond and
Doreen Irvine and Richard Caddoo.