We have just finished the Huddersfield St Patrick’s Day Parade that was held on Sunday 8th March. As usual we received a great welcome from the Huddersfield committee and a great (if slightly damp), day was had by everyone.
Maurice Long had organised the coach which firstly picked up from the Irish Centre in Digbeth at 8.30am and then SS Mary and Johns in Erdington at 9am.
When all were aboard we were off, it was a leisurely drive and the craic on the coach was really good. We arrived at Huddersfield Irish Centre at 11.45am, plenty of time to get ready for the parade start at 1pm. We played ‘Dawning of The Day’ before the parade start and then we were off. It is quite a long parade route and takes 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. This does include a 30 minute stop in the centre of Huddersfield where all the floats do their bit and get judged in a competition. After the parade we are always treated to a great buffet for which we are really grateful and the staff and committe are always incredibly friendly and helpful. This year also saw the band walk 10 minutes to another Irish Centre and play for 10 minutes there. It was back on the coach at
4.30 pm and we were back in Brum by 7pm.
A great day and thank you to all that contributed, both playing and non-playing. I hope that all that joined the band for a day out really enjoyed themselves.
We have a busy period coming up with The Sandwell St Patricks’ Day Parade at 10am on Saturday 14th March. Straight to Derby for their parade at 12.45pm and then the Birmingham St Patricks’ Day Parade that starts at midday on Sunday the 15th. We are all looking forward to these events and all the fun that goes with them.

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During March we were incredibly busy playing at some great St Patrick’s Day Parade events. We played at the Birmingham, Derby, Huddersfield and Sandwell parades all over a period of 10 days. Immensely busy but incredibly enjoyable with fantastic crowds cheering the band around all the events. All the parades were blessed with great weather which ensured huge crowds at all the events.
The week after the Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade we took part in our first competition of the season – The Birmingham Indoors held by the Midlands Branch of the RSPBA. In a group of 13 our B team Trio of Pat Cox, Joel Grigg and Thomas Coughlan came a brilliant 3rd. The A team with Bill Grigg, Oran Grigg and Emmett O’ Reilly came 8th. In the Mini Band competition where we fielded 6 pipers, 2 side drummers a tenor drummer and a bass we came 2nd. A great result for the band. On the day the prize giving was incorrect and we were called up 3rd. This was corrected by a phone call later in the day letting us know we were 2nd.
We played many events leading up to the summer including The Friends of Solihull Hospital Fete, Acocks Green Carnival and Astwood Bank Carnival interspersed with competition at Corby Highland games where we came last out of 7 bands, (a disappointing day but lots learnt) and The Ashbourne Highland Games where we came 6th out of 10. This was a great result as we were up against some very seasoned competition bands and this is only our 2nd season in competition.
Practices take place on a Tuesday evening at SS Mary and John School in Erdington Birmingham. Beginners class is from 6.45pm to 7.45pm and playing members practice from 8pm to 9,45pm. We have a great batch of beginners coming through and we look forward to them joining the ranks over the next few months.
Coming up we have The All England Pipe Band Championships at Chatsworth on the 31st August. We are playing for Stoke British Legion on the 1st November for a Poppy Fund Raising Appeal and The Remembrance Day Parade for Perry Common Royal British Legion No.1 on Sunday 11th November. Please look at our events calendar to keep up with all our events