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Bangor flute band delights 91-year-old Lily with performance at her care home

Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

A Co Down pensioner has told of her joy after a band brought the Twelfth celebrations to her care home.

Lily Neville (91), a lifelong fan of the Twelfth, was devastated she couldn't make this year's festivities because of health issues.

But when Bramblewood Care Home nurse Emma Ewart heard about her predicament, she contacted Bangor Protestant Boys, who decided to pay Lily a visit.

The flute band played songs for the residents on Monday evening and presented Lily with the band flag and a beautiful bunch of flowers - much to the pensioner's delight.

Sister Emma told the Belfast Telegraph that as Lily hadn't been to a Twelfth for five years, she wanted to do something to bring a smile to her face.

"She was gob-smacked and absolutely loved it," she said.

"I wanted to bring a bit of joy to her. Sometimes all the residents see are their four walls, so this was special.

"Lily's family were delighted and most importantly Lily was overjoyed.

"Lily was very excited ahead of the band's visit and thrilled afterwards."

The gesture meant a lot to the pensioner, who asked staff when she moved in on July 1 if they would put up bunting and flags in her room.

Band member Noel McKee said they made the decision to visit Lily in person to thank her for supporting the Twelfth celebrations.

"We thought it would be nice if the band went up and played three or four tunes for her so that she didn't miss anything," Noel added.

"It's great to be able to give something back to people who support the Twelfth."

The band has also commissioned a plaque for Lily's room that will be presented to her next week.

Sister Emma said it was heart-warming to know there were people who were willing to give up their own time to make someone's day.

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