New Shankill Protestant Girls marching band gear up for 12 July celebrations

Shankill women and girls are hard at work getting their brand new marching band ready for the July 12 celebrations.

Many have never played an instrument before, but a spokesperson for Greater Shankill ACT women’s group said the hours of practicing have truly paid off.

As well as nailing the sash on their drums and accordions, they also got the sewing machines out to make their own uniforms for the 11th night Shankill Carnival of Culture in East Belfast.

A Greater Shankill ACT Women’s Group spokesperson posted on social media that they “have put in a huge effort to make the event one to remember”.

“They have recently formed a band, the Shankill Protestant Girls (SPG), and are busy making their own uniforms as well as helping out local bands with their uniforms.

Preparations are in full swing for the 11th night Shankill Carnival of Culture.The Greater Shankill ACT Women’s Group have put in a huge effort to make the event one to remember. They have recently formed a band, the Shankill Protestant Girls (SPG), and are busy making their own uniforms as well as helping out local bands with their uniforms. Some of the women have never played an instrument, the hours of practice is paying off.Come along on night and join in the festivities and be sure to give the girls a cheer, it looks like being a brilliant night! ??

Posted by Greater Shankill Act on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

“Some of the women have never played an instrument, the hours of practice is paying off.

“Come along on night and join in the festivities and be sure to give the girls a cheer, it looks like being a brilliant night!”

They later told Belfast Live a real community spirit has grown around the group, which takes part in cultural and educational trips throughout the year and that the women involved have “got a programme of learning set up right into next year.

It includes everything from mental health first aid, to car maintenance and supporting others in need in their community.

“It’s about building new friends, building friendships and keeping together,” they added.

Published on the 8th of July 2019
Article taken from the Belfast Live

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