North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has welcomed the reinstatement of £200,000 of funding in 2016/17 for Musical Instruments for Bands across Northern Ireland by his party colleague Paul Givan MLA Minister for the Communities.
Commenting Mervyn Storey said: “This is welcome news to our marching bands.
“On the eve of the 12th of July celebrations, this will come as good news to the hundreds of bands who will be on parade on Tuesday.
“Like the Minister I fully recognise the value of this scheme and I am glad that the Minister has stated he remains committed to supporting it going forward.
“It is clearly evident that bands have the potential to add wider value in terms of community cohesion, economic regeneration and social inclusion and the reinstatement of this funding will provide further assistance to enable the sector to reach this.”