One hundred years ago at Terrydrum, Largy Flute Band was formed by brothers J. Hynds (Worshipful Master), J. Duncan (Deputy Master) and W. McKeague (Treasurer) of our own LOL 988. It is this year in 2012 that the very much family orientated Largy Flute Band celebrates their 100th anniversary.
In celebration of our centenary year we have created a CD which symbolises the band’s growth over the years. It contains 14 tunes, some of which the band has played for many years and others we have been able to learn over the past few. The CD will be available for sale in the field on the 12th or from band members for £10. Your support is much appreciated.
Through the hard work of Robert McGonagle and Betty Thompson a book containing information and photographs of the band’s history has also been published. Topics covered concern our formation, the war years, uniforms, the present time and much much more.
Also, on the 12th our new side drums will be on parade for the first time. The cream side drums that have been used for many years have served their purpose and it will be black drums which you will now need to look for. You’ll not know us!
There have been many members of the band and it is their hard work, loyalty and numerous years of service which has got us to where we are today. Credit also must go to all members of the present band, young and old who continuously attend practice and parades. A huge thank you to you all.
Special thanks has to go to those individuals who have been in the band for a vast number of years. Those in question include John Guy and Ralph Faulkner who have over 50 years of service each, Sammy Alcorn played a vital role in his 55 years and those pictured are Robert McGonagle (seated left) and Victor Wilson (seated right) who both have 57 years of service! Their loyalty, time and commitment has been much appreciated and I’m sure there are plenty of years left in Robert and Victor yet!
Thanks also has to go to Largy Orange Lodge 988, the Largy Presbyterian Church and not to mention the very generous people of Limavady and the Largy whose support over the past 100 years has been much appreciated. At the parades we attend the public are phenomenal and every year when the band marches throughout the Largy on collection nights, we are never disappointed with the kindness and support in which the Largy community give to us each year.
Thank you very much.