Band still marching on after 40 years

Making a big noise during the parade.
Making a big noise during the parade.

Members of Pride of Motherwell Flute Band marched proudly through the town to mark the 40th anniversary of their formation.

They set off from the War Office pub in Milton Street and returned there to meet other bands for a further celebrtory parade. A disco followed at Motherwell Orange Hall.

The band formed in 1975 with just about 20 members and a committee was set up comprising John Moffat, Thomas Reid, Davie Grifthis, Malcolm Lees, Bill Gebbie, Jimmy Lennox and Jimmy Tweedie.

Members decided quickly their colours would be maroon and amber to reflect those of Motherwell Football Club and, indeed, the band’s motto is ‘Maroon is the Colour’.

Numbers have grown over the years and the band has played throughout Scotland and in England and Northern Ireland too.

Some of the original members are still involved and have been joined by children and grandchildren in twice-weekly practice at the War Office.

More pictures in the Times & Speaker next week.