Portadown True Blues

The True Blues (Fb) are a flute band from the Edgarstown and Brownstown area in Portadown. Montague Street/Union Street, Portadown next to the bonfire ground and the Mid-Ulster brigade mural.

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Mid Ulster Brigade Ulster Volunteer Force

This Portadown mural combines the Ulster Volunteers of 1912 with the contemporary UVF. The panels show “UVF gun-smuggler 1913”, “Firearms training 1913”, and “Sir Edward Carson about to address troops at Portadown railway station” while the roll of honour lists modern-day volutneers Joey Neill, Horace [Harris] Boyle, Wesley Summerville [Somerville], Derek McFarlane, Jackie Marshall, Wilson “Winky” [also “Winkie”] Fry, Robin Jackson, Richard Jameson, Mark “Sqid” Elliott. This is progress compared to the previous mural, shown below, which had hooded gunmen active in the centre of the mural, with the crest of the 36th (Ulster) Division on the side-wall.

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Portadown Graffiti

Graffiti on the loyalist side of the “peace” wall between (nationalist) Obins Street and loyalist Edgarstown, from right to left along Corcrain Road into Charles Street. “KAT” [Kill all Taigs] “REM 96” [Drumcree?], “UFF”, “Free Mad Dog” [Johnny Adair], “ATAT” [All Taigs are targets], “REM the rat pack – we’re back” [LVF], “UFF C Coy UYM”, “LVF”, “FTP” [Fuck the pope], “No pope”.

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In Memory Of All Victims Of Conflict

This memorial garden is in Glandore Terrace, Portadown. Joey Neill of the UVF was killed by a premature bomb explosion. Harris Boyle was one of the two UDR/UVF men killed while planting a bomb on the van of the Miami Showband. Derek McFarland died in prison. Richard Jameson was a UVF volunteer killed in the feud with the LVF. LVF leader Billy Wright was killed by the INLA inside the Maze. Mark Fulton, also of the LVF, was found hanged in his Maghaberry cell.

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History Of Bann River Bridge

This ‘History Of The Bann River Bridge’ describes the difficulty in maintaining a bridge, until the present granite bridge in 1833, which was built on dry land and the river then diverted under it (see image below from the Sprott Collection). The plaque notes the Irish Rebellion of 1641, when about 100 Protestants were forced into the water and died (WP).

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Boyle & Somerville

Harris Boyle and Wesley Somerville were UDR soldiers and UVF volunteers. They were “killed in action” when the bomb they were planting on the minibus of the Miami Showband went off prematurely. Of the pair, only Somerville’s arm with its “UVF Portadown” tattoo remained identifiable (WP). The plaque is in Princess Way/Gloucester Avenue, Portadown.

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