|Band Secretary Mervyn Pressaugh (left at front) pictured with some members of Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band who hosted the competition.||Ballymacarrett Defenders (East Belfast)
with conductor Fred Johnston.
Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band hosted a melody flute indoor competition in Lisburn Orange Hall on Saturday 28th March. The adjudicator was Gary Shields and the compere was Alan Toole, of Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band. The nine bands taking part were: Ballymacarrett Defenders, Imperial Corps of Drums (Liverpool), Shankill Road Defenders, Sir George White Memorial (Broughshane), Cookstown Sons of William, William King Memorial (Londonderry), Brookborough Flute Band, Skeogh Flute Band and Ballycoan Flute Band.
Pride of the Raven (East Belfast) had planned to take part in the competition but had to cancel due to the regrettable death last week of one of their founder members, Jim McIntyre, for whom a one minute silence was observed.
The best overall band was William King Memorial (Londonderry), second was Ballycoan and third was Sir George White Memorial (Broughshane). The winner in the percussion section was William King Memorial (Londonderry), in second place was Ballymacarrett Defenders and in third place Skeogh Flute Band. The most entertaining band was the Imperial Corps of Drums (Liverpool) who as well as playing well known tunes that included ‘The Enniskillen Dragoons’, the Liverpool lads thrilled the audience with their hometown fab four Beatles' popular tune, ‘Hey Jude’.
|Alan Toole, of Lisburn Young Defenders Flute Band introduces the bands and tunes.||Sir George White Memorial Flute Band (Broughshane).
|Imperial Corps of Drums (Liverpool).
||Shankill Road Defenders (Belfast) with conductor David Thompson
(seventh from left in back row).