On Thursday 17th October the arrival of the Bedizzole Marching
Band from Italy as a part of Cork Rebel Week will provide a spectacle
rarely seen in our town. The 48 band members will perform on three
occasions in Cobh and once as a part of the massed bands parade on
Saturday at 4 pm in Cork city.
The band members will stay with host families for 4 nights and will be
treated to a wide array of activities and events in a packed four day
visit. Cobh Tourism and See You in Cobh who are co-ordinating the
visit estimate that in excess of €8000 will be spent in Cobh’s
attractions and hospitality providers businesses. The 28 parents
accompanying the group will also provide a further boost to the Cobh
Members of the public are encouraged to come out to welcome the band
and enjoy their performances.
There will be a welcome reception at Cobh Heritage Centre at approx 3
pm on Thursday and a welcome party at Bellavista Hotel at 7 pm. On
Friday morning at 11am there will be an international Naval Fleet
review in Cork Harbour and the band will perform along the town of
Cobh at 12.30.
On Sunday morning the band will attend the 12 noon Mass at St.
Colman’s Cathedral where bonnets created in memory of the convict
women lost on board the ship Neva that sailed from Cork Harbour and
floundered in Tasmania will be blessed. These bonnets will then be
paraded to Cobh Heritage Centre for further ceremonies and will become
a part of a permanent tribute in the centre.
Following this, the Bedizzole band will march along Cobh Town centre
and Cobh Confraternity Band will play on the bandstand in the
Promenade at 3 pm.
A farewell free concert featuring the best of Cobh talent will take
place in the Commodore Hotel at 7 pm and everyone is welcome to
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