Since at least before the first world
war, the orange lodge in Bellanaleck supported a flute
band. Then, in 1949, it was decided to make the transition
to the bagpipes. After some years, the band progressed
to having a uniform of full highland dress and, trained
by pipe major George Stewart of Enniskillen, they reached
- what was for those days - a creditable standard.
Bellanaleck Pipe Band lead an orange parade in
A high point was reached when the bandsmen, most of
them farmers, were invited to travel to London to lead
the House of Commons Orange Lodge in their annual parade
to St Martin-in-the- Fields in Trafalgar Square
The trip came about because Bellananleck's Worshipfull
Master George Cathcart was active in the Ulster Farmers'
Union and, while on a trip to London, had met his counterpart
in the House of Commons Lodge, Noble Graham from Fivemiletown.
Making the trip would involve overcoming many obstacles,
not least the great expense entailed, but it was decided
that all members, regardless of circumstances, should
have the chance to go.
None of them had flown before and most didn't posses
a television and so had little prior visual impression
Crozier was nonplussed when the air hostess offered
him coffee......having never tasted it, how would
he know whether he preferred black or white .??
Bellanaleck Pipe Band playing in London, Sunday,
June 19th, 1960
observe the Queen's cows grazing at Windsor castle
was grand..but the most amazing moment was spotting
Paddy Brazil from Enniskillen wheeling a barrow
along the street....and it the Sabbath !
Albert Crozier - August '05
This is the Albert CROZIER featured. I remember well
the Steward on the Plane arriving at my seat with a
tea pot in each hand and saying "black or white"
to me. I hadn't a clue what he was talking about. I
dont remember what i replied but he poured something
into my cup and it tasted awful. I learned later it
was coffee, I still dont like the stuff. At that time
there was no coffee available where we lived except
"camp" which was for cooking. I'm the one
on the left of the first photo with my father and brother
norman. That was a wonderful trip, left at 4am Sunday
home 4am Monday.
Stanley Sloan, Ex. Belfast - July
Brilliant story, I love the pipe bands and the lodge
behind. Seems a long time ago and it is, my family left
belfast Nov. 1958 for California and to this day I still
follow the Ulster and Scottish bands.
E. Cranston - July '05
I thought that this was a most interesting story with
a very human touch, of course my ears always prick up
at the sound of the pipes. I live in Co-Down and once
on holiday in Fermanagh around the twelfth was delighted
to see so many pipe bands as there are not quite so
many in our part of the province now. I do hope that
they continue to succeed and others will be re-established.
Penny McBride - July '05
A brilliant story. All that hard work rewarded with
a march up Pall Mall. They must have felt so proud.
I am not a supporter of Orangemen but this was a lovely