Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band
The officers and members of the Shankill Protestant Boys flute band strive to achieve the same respect that our 1st Battalion West Belfast Ulster Volunteers and Ulster Special Service Force "USSF" forefathers rightfully achieved in 1913, as they marched from Lawnbrook Ave to Fernhill House to enlist in Carson's Army to defend Ulster from the 3rd Home Rule Bill, then again in May 1915 as they enlisted in Kitchener[']s Army as the 36th (Ulster) Division marching from Stewards Yard Aberdeen Street as the 9th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles through Belfast and off to fight in the Great War 1914 -1918.
The Shankill Protestant Boys were the first flute band to wear the USSF badge and to this day we are proud to have USSF bloodline in our ranks, grandfathers, grandsons and great-grandsons marching as their forefathers had done before them. The Shankill Protestant Boys extensive repertoire consists of many wartime tunes such as Mountjoy (more famously known as the Clydevalley the UVF gunrunning ship) and many relating to the modern day Volunteers.
The Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band or as we are more famously known now "SPB" were formed
From our humble beginnings wearing homemade uniforms that our wives made, to the regimental uniforms of more recent times, we now have over 125 members and are very proud to represent the Shankill Road on our many parades throughout Ulster and beyond. To join the SPB now is to take part in much more than learning music and playing in a band, it is as much about learning discipline and educating our youth on our culture and history. There is no better feeling than marching down the Shankill Road with your own community clapping and cheering you on and our aim with the support of fellow bandsmen
We are proud Shankill Road men, we are proud of our history; we are proud of who we are; we are the Shankill Protestant Boys.
Erected by the Shankill Protestant Boys.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1915.
Location. 54° 36.27′ N, 5° 57.243′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Marker is at the intersection of Shankill Road (Northern Ireland Route B39) and C Coy Street/Carnan Street, on the right when traveling west on Shankill Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315-319 Shankill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT13 1FX, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 36th (Ulster) Division (here, next to this marker); C Coy. First Battalion Ulster Volunteers (a few steps from this marker); Frizzell's Fish Shop Bombing Victims (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Big Bill Campbell and Alastair Von (Ziff) (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Richard Mussen (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Bayardo Bar Bombing Victims The Chronicles of a People (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Clonard Martyrs (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . .
1. Shankill Protestant Boys Flute Band. (Submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Shankill Protestant Boys @ UVF Regimental Memorial Parade on YouTube (2014). (Submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.