Tonight I attended the Somme Commemoration Parade in Newtownards - it was a very enjoyable parade. My Orange Lodge, Loughries True Blues 1948 were accompanied by the Portaferry Accordion Band, who to their credit played very well. They played a number of excellent medley's of traditional Ulster Scots tunes as well as Orange Tunes - my favourite of course 'the Hills of Carrowdore.
A cousin of my Grandfather was killed at the Somme and his name is on the Cenotaph close to the British Legion in Newtownards, where we paused for a short wreath laying service.
There was a very good turn out of local Newtownards Folk to watch the Parade which is always encouraging.
A few Pics to follow.