TALL SHIPS DAY TWO

Parade of Crews at Tall Ships Belfast  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Parade of Crews at Tall Ships Belfast Photo: © Michael Fisher

Great to see a parade in July through Belfast city centre that does not cause divisions, only celebrations, draws the crowds and is a truly international event.

Crew from yacht LE Creidne parade through Belfast  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Crew from yacht LE Creidne parade through Belfast Photo: © Michael Fisher

It must also be the first occasion when uniformed members of Óglaigh na hÉireann (meaning the Irish Defence Forces, not a paramilitary organisation), namely crew from the Irish Navy yacht LE Creidne, marched in formation to commands as Gaeilge from their officer (a Lieutenant) in Belfast City Centre, from the Harbour Commissioners Office across the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and into East Belfast.

Crew from yacht LE Creidne parade through Belfast ahead of UK Sea Cadets (and a giant octopus!)  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Crew from yacht LE Creidne parade through Belfast ahead of UK Sea Cadets (and a giant octopus!) Photo: © Michael Fisher

They marched in front of a band formed of Sea Cadets from Britain, who played “It’s a long way to Tipperary” at one stage. As their parade came to an end in the car park outside the SSE (Odyssey) Arena, the only tricolour to be seen (and it was non-contentious) was the one on the former Air Corps Alouette III helicopter.

Former Irish Air Corps Alouette III Helicopter owned by the Ulster Aviation Society   Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Former Irish Air Corps Alouette III Helicopter owned by the Ulster Aviation Society Photo: © Michael Fisher

The aircraft is now in possession of the Ulster Aviation Society and is normally kept at the large hangar at the Maze, where there was once an RAF base. They also brought along a Spitfire and both provided a great attraction for the children, as well as raising funds for the Society. They carried out a similar exercise at the Balmoral Show in May.

Portugese sailors from Santa Maria Manuela in the parade of Crews  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Portugese sailors from Santa Maria Manuela in the parade of Crews Photo: © Michael Fisher

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s