Town centre packed for Defenders march

Portadown Defenders on parade.
Portadown Defenders on parade.
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A total of 62 bands attended an annual parade and competition held by a local band last weekend.

Portadown Defenders Flute Band held the yearly event last Friday, August 14 in the town centre where large crowds had gathered to watch the display.

Bands of various styles had travelled from across the province, with some as far away as Beragh and Castlederg.

The night got under way shortly before 7pm, as the host band paraded the route with 50 members in total. On their return, the main parade of visiting bands was then led by Upper Bann Fusiliers Flute from Lurgan.

Magherafelt outfit Dunamoney Flute was the start of the show, as they won a total of three trophies including Best Blood and Thunder Drum Corp, Best Large Blood and Thunder Band as well as the Denver Webb Memorial trophy for the Best Overall Band.

Locally, Markethill bands Kilcluney Volunteers Flute and Mullabrack Accordion picked up awards with Kilcluney winning Best Colour Party and Best Bass Drum – and Mullabrack the Best Accordion Band on parade.

The Defenders would like to thank those who made the night a success and as ever are grateful to those who contributed to the street collection on the night.

Competition results as follows:

Colour Party: 1 Kilcluney Volunteers FB; 2 Clogher Protestant Boys FB; 3 Drumderg Loyalists Keady FB. Style and Appearance - 1 East Belfast Protestant Boys FB; 2 Dunamoney FB; 3 Clogher Protestant Boys FB / Gertrude Star FB. Bass Drum: 1 Kilcluney Volunteers FB, 2 Lambeg Orange & Blue FB, 3 Dunamoney FB. Junior Drum Major - 1 Gertrude Star FB, 2 Gortagilly Coronation FB; 3 Craigavon Protestant Boys FB / Ballymoughan Purple Guards FB.

Senior Drum Major; 1 Skeogh FB, 2 Mourne Young Defenders FB, 3 Lisburn Young Defenders FB. Blood and Thunder Drum Corp - 1 Dunamoney FB, 2 East Belfast Protestant Boys FB / Gertrude Star FB, 3 Clogher Protestant Boys FB.

Melody Drum Corp - 1 Skeogh FB, 2 Mourne Young Defenders FB, 3 Lisburn Young Defenders FB.

Best Accordion - 1 Mullabrack Acc., 2 Pride of the Birches Acc.3 Newtownabbey Acc.

Best Melody: 1 Skeogh FB, 2 Mourne Young Defenders FB, 3 Lisburn Young Defenders FB.

Best Small Blood and Thunder - 1 Gortagilly Coronation FB, 2 Lambeg Orange & Blue FB, 3 Robert Graham Memorial FB

Best Large Blood and Thunder - 1 Dunamoney FB, 2 Gertrude Star FB / East Belfast Protestant Boys FB, 3 Clogher Protestant Boys FB

Best Overall - 1 Dunamoney FB, 2 Gertrude Star FB, 3 East Belfast Protestant Boys FB.