Luton and Bedford Drumming Club
“Promoting Ulster Scots Awareness and Culture”
Formed in 2005, Luton and Bedford Drumming club has been working throughout the year promoting Ulster Scots traditions on the UK Mainland. The club play lambeg and rattly drums (Ulster rope drums), traditional fifes and draw their membership from various regions of Southern England. The club’s inaugural parade was in September 2005, supporting the Grand Orange Lodge of England annual outing to Southport. The following week the club paraded with Luton and Bedford branch of The Browning Club at the Lord Carson Memorial parade in central London. The route took in the Embankment past the London Eye, the Palace of Westminster and Downing Street, and the drums were greatly admired by tourists, onlookers and supporters.
The club was honoured to accept an invitation to drum at Oxford Martyrs Memorial LOL213 Anniversary Celebrations in October (in Oxfordshire), at which guest speaker The Lord Laird of Artigarvan expressed kind support and encouragement.
A notable highlight for the club occurred in November 2005, accepting a kind invitation by Lord Laird to attend a function at The House of Lords. Lambeg drums (probably for the first time) were played inside the Palace of Westminster and within the precincts of The Lords. Honoured guests included Lord Rogan, Colonel Tim Collins, Andrew MacKinlay MP and members of The Loyal Orange Institution, including the Grandmaster of Scotland and Provincial Grandmaster of Metropolitan Province, England. Lord Laird hosted the evening, which was subsequently publicised on a Radio 2 interview. The club launched their website in August 2005 and would be delighted to hear from prospective members. The club provides drumming and fifing tuition, and will be attending a number of events and parades in England and Northern Ireland throughout 2006. The club is committed to promotion of Unionist and Ulster Scots culture and would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in working or collaborating on related initiatives. For further information please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).