On Saturday 2nd Sept 1989 at approx 10am Irish Republican Patrick Mckenna was executed outside the Ardoyne shops by 2 members of an Ulster Volunteer Force Active Service Unit. The 2 Volunteers made their escape on a motorcycle down the Crumlin rd as they approached the junction of Crumlin rd and Flax St The Pinion Passenger (Brian) was shot several times in the back just before the motor cycle was rammed from behind by a blue astra car that contained a male & female, both were members of an Under Cover Army Unit , also present at the Ambush was a green fiat regatta and a further 2 males (also undercover army) the 2 men were knocked off the motorcycle with one (Brian) being knocked 30 feet in the air (Already Wounded)"according to witnesses" subsequent actions by the Army Unit resulted in the Motorcycle passenger being Shot Dead & the driver of the Bike being arrested.
At the time the public opinion was exactly what the security forces and their strategists!! wanted it to be!, "that the 2 Volunteers simply ran into the Undercover Army Unit due to Bad luck !" and that "the Army Unit was simply in the right place at the right time" but numerous questions started to come to the fore in the days and weeks that followed. Eye witness accounts confirm that the 2 Army Units had been seen sitting close by and were in eye view of the actual shooting of Patrick Mckenna.
The above being the case echoed by several witnesses WHY? did they not intervene before the shooting, to arrest the 2 Volunteers. Brian was knocked 30 feet in the air his helmet & his shoes had been knocked off by the impact, the weapon was also knocked 50 feet from where Brian fell, HE WAS NO THREAT TO ANYONE AT THIS TIME ! Especially professional elite soldiers, as Brian lay he was shot several times with an automatic machine pistol, why was he not arrested?
We had little money and in turn we relied hugely on Donations & Loans from inside the Loyalist communities of Scotland, England & Northern Ireland, we were Glad to accept a loan of £500 from an old friend of our Band Master Jamie McCulloch from London, with this money we Purchased 15 five key Miller Browne Bb flutes from William Hewitt of Drum Sounds in the Sandy Row who gave us the instruments at a knock down price.
We started writing basic Blood & Thunder & Traditional tunes and getting simple drum beats to match, before long we had ourselves several tunes and we called our 1st band meeting in Partick Orange hall in Crawford St, bringing together as many good loyalists as we possibly could, the word had been quick in getting out that a new band had started up and that we meant business. We spent the next few months drumming on tables and struggling through our basic tune list , until we eventually received a loan of Drums from a friend in the Allanton Flute Band from Shotts, we could now see things coming together, we had our knockers & Doubters but their opinions were immediately Dismissed & laughed out the door, Members came and went and we slowly but surely built the band up to a decent size enough for us to make our 1st CD "WE SHALL REMEMBER" which we made after just 5 months, we made this CD for 3 reasons:
1.Much needed finances 2.To introduce the band to the Community & 3.The most important, as all our recordings have been to tell the story of a true Son of Ulster "VOL Noel Kinner". Since those hard days of 1999 we have went from strength to strength and we are now recognized within the Banding community as a Decent Flute Band, we have always tried to Progress with practice and will continue to do so, for we feel strongly that if people can recognize us as a Decent band they will also remember Noel Kinners name in the same breath & if this was to be the case then we will have succeeded in our goal "to create an ever lasting memory to Noel"
We sincerely hope that you enjoy this Web Site and further more we hope you will at all times show Noel Kinners name the respect it deserves a long with ALL the Sons of Ulster who so unselfishly gave their tomorrow so we could all live in freedom today. Where are the boys of Ulster - where are the lads we knew who fought for Britain’s honour firm, faithful, tried & true they lie on blood stained battlefields, they rest in stormy deep in far of lonely valleys, they sleep their long last sleep.
When Britain’s cry for fighting men, rang o'er land & sea the Sons of Ulster sprang to arms, 'gainst Prussian tyranny from the bank & from the office, from factory and field poured Carson’s splendid army, the lads who could not yield.