Baillies Mills Accordion Band, which will be travelling to Norway for the country's Constitutional Day Parade.
BAILLIES Mills Accordion Band is to embark on its first ever visit outside the British Isles this weekend when they leave tomorrow (Saturday) for Norway. The band has been invited to Bergen to take part in the country's Constitutional Day Parade and in doing so, will be the first accordion band outside of Norway ever to have been invited to take part.
May 17th is a national holiday in Norway and a day of flags and parades with people all over the country proudly wearing their highly embroidered national costumes. In Bergen, some one quarter of a million people turn out to celebrate, and outside of Oslo, the parade in Bergen is the largest in the country.
In addition to the parade itself, a very busy schedule has been arranged for the band including playing on a ship on one of the fjords, on a railway, at the top of a mountain, on a Viking ship and in a torchlight profession. A gala dinner has also been organized, which will be attended by some of Bergen's leading citizens.
The band say it's a tremendous honour not only for them to represent the City of Lisburn, but Northern Ireland at such a prestigious event.