Ahead of tonight’s loyalist Pride of the Bann flute band parade in Coleraine, the Belfast Telegraph is reporting that several of those appearing in court yesterday charged in connection with the murder of Kevin McDaid are band members, and one is a former member of the UDP (strange set of ‘mavericks.’)
Worth noting again is the statement released by the band when it decided to curtail its route for tonight’s parade:
It is with great sadness and no small degree of anger that Pride of the Bann Flute resent the way they have become embroiled in a controversy over their 32nd annual band parade
That decision was welcomed by some but not all.
Rest assured, though, that the band fully intend to return to the traditional route soon.