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Omagh flute band to hold annual parade

A LOYALIST marching band from Omagh is holding its annual parade in the town tomorrow (Friday) night.

At least 25 bands from across the North will be taking part in the celebrations hosted by the Blair Memorial Flute Band, due to start at around 8.30pm.

Spectators will be able to enjoy a variety of music, with a mixture of flute, pipe and accordion bands marching through the town.

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The parade will be over by 10.45pm at the latest.

Blair Memorial bandmaster, David Swann, said that everyone was welcome to come along and enjoy the atmosphere.

Mr Swann also extended an invitation to any visitors to Northern Ireland to experience a “spectacular” event.

“A warm welcome awaits,” he added.

The bandmaster said it had been a busy month so far for the members of the Blair Memorial.

It began with the annual July 1 parade in Omagh, before the band travelled to Scotland to take part in the Boyne celebrations in West Calder, outside Livingston, on July 6.

Then, it was back home for the ‘Twelfth’ demonstration in Dunamanagh last Friday, along with other bands and Orange lodges from across West Tyrone.

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Blair Memorial Flute Band was formed in 1975, after a triple drowning tragedy at Lovers’ Retreat in Omagh.

Brothers Drew and John Blair, from Queen’s Parade on Hospital Road in Omagh, gave their lives as they bravely tried to rescue 15-year-old Heather Birney from drowning on June 8, 1975. The teenager also died.

The Blair Memorial was formed and it has proudly represented the Blair family name ever since.

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