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Markethill Pipe Band Tattoo

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Victor Houston

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Victor Houston

Hundreds of people lined the streets for the Markethill Pipe Band Tattoo which took place on June 27.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Julie Flaherty had the honour of being the Chieftain of the Gatherin’ for the event which was held to raise money for the Drew Nelson Legacy Project.
The tattoo followed on from a similar event held in Markethill four years ago in the run-up to the Twelfth being held in the town.
This year's event involved six leading pipe bands, world champion Drum Majors and the renowned Markethill Ulster-Scots Dancers.

The bands taking part were Marlacoo, Whitewater, Clontibret, Joseph Forde Memorial, Altnaveigh and Syerla. Also in attendance were World Champion Drum Majors, James Kennedy and Jason Price.
Speaking ahead of the event a District spokesman said: "It's four years since our  first Tattoo which was held as part of the Markethill Twelfth celebrations.
 "Over 3,500 people attended the Tattoo which we were delighted with. It was stepping a little into the unknown for us but the event could not have passed off any better - it is still talked about in the area.
 "District officers have been approached over the years on many occasions by members of public requesting it be held again and now we have decided the time is right."
 This year's event was held as part of Markethill District's fundraising activities for the Drew Nelson Legacy Project.
The Orange Institution intends to majorly expand its current student provision in the university area of Belfast, with the ultimate aim of creating a standalone ‘Drew Nelson Centre’ providing meeting space and accommodation for student members.
 It is also envisaged a designated development officer will provide career advice and guidance to young people across Northern Ireland and the border counties.
Mr Nelson, 60, died in 2016 after a short battle with cancer. The Dromore solicitor served as Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland for 12 years, first elected in December 2004.
Regarded as a hugely influential figure within the Order and the genesis of its numerous community development activities, Mr Nelson was also a huge advocate for younger members; establishing a third-level leadership course, as well as actively supporting the respective Orange societies at local universities.

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