SHAKEY BRIDGE 3105
This is Mrs Adams standing above the Mill Race on the old Moylena bridge known
fondly by Antrim folk as the Shakey Bridge.
Mrs Adams is pointing to three planks missing that could be dangerous at night
Now I know what you are all thinking and you would be wrong, this was not
the reason the Antrim Borough Council took away our Beloved Bridge nor
the reason they gave it away for nothing on the QT.
AIR DISPLAY 3123
Flying over the Antrim Forum during a flying display is a Fairey Swordfish
with its torpedo and along side is a Chipmunk.
Now the Swordfish's nickname was Stringbag and looking at it you can see
why, this plane was built of aluminiumand covered with fabric and there
was no closed in cockpit. As you can imagine it was slow but these planes
served in WWII. They were responsible for destroying 21 U Boats and helped
in the sinking of the Bismark by damaging its rudder with a torpedo so it
could only go round in circles.
Now the Swordfish in this photograph W5856 is the oldest surviving example
left anywhere in the world. It was built in 1941 by the Blackburn Aircraft
Company at Sherburn-in-Elmet. The aircraft was flown from Sherburn-in-Elmet
to Lichfield on 21 October 1941, and was packed by 82MU (Maintenance Unit),
ready for shipment overseas. It was delivered to Liverpool via Southport.
for shipping. Her intended destination was Bermuda, but instead was sent
to Gibraltar aboard SS Empire Moon. It remained in the Mediterranean for
the next twelve until returning to the UK for rerurbishment during the winter
of 1942/43. It then became a training plane for pilots and eventually went
to Canada to train pilots there.
ANTRIM CASTLE 3141
This photograph seems to have been taken by standing in the river and photographing
the ruins of Antrim Castle. It seems back then they knew the value of the
ruins of Antrim Castle by turning the photograph into a postcard.
2nd. ANTRIM. BN. ULSTER HOME GUARD. TRANSPORT PLATOON.
This is the 2nd Antrim. Batt. Ulster Home Guard. Transport Platoon having
having their photograph taken.
At the back on the left is John Montpord, then Jim McGregor, Jim Millar, Frank
anderson, Andy Reid. Bob Hood, Wilfie Kennedy, Bobby Moore, James Moody, Jim
McDowell, John Harrison and Cecil Rea.
In the middle row are Bertie Black (On the bike), John McCosh, Jack Wilson,
Freddie Clarke, Jim Shaw, George Phillips, James O Kelly, Herbie Robinson,
Dick Maybin, John McAuley, Sammy Lyttle, Tom Bakes and biker is Unknown.
The front row has bertie Reid, Jim Alexander, Herbie Harper, Jim Boyd, Captain
Long, Andy Watt, Jack Adrain, Jim Lowry, Bobby Ross,Ron Houston and James
ANTRIM CASTLE 3185
This photograph of Antrim Castle and this entrance was at the back of the
Castle for this is where the household staff came in to start work. Also all
the deliveries of goods where made here. You can see it must have been a beautiful
castle at one time when you consider this was the back of the Castle. It is
blackened at the top due to the arson attack which sadly burned all of the
inside and yet for years later people came in their hordes to look at it.
Sadly instead of looking after the castle for it had become a major tourist
attraction and reinforcing the walls with crossbeams and supports. The Antrim
Borough Council did nothing and left it to fall into disrepair and the walls
started to collapse and fall so the Antrim Borough Councils own Architect
gave the order for it to bulldozed down. Thankfully the Environment Agency
stepped in and took down all the coats of Arms at the front and all the other
plaques round the Castle including the one you can see here the photograph.
ANTRIM PARISH LADIES BOWLING CLUB 3188
This is the Antrim Parish Ladies Bowling Club back on the 6th October 1963
having their photograph taken.
At the back on the left we have Mrs Buckley, E.M. Killop, M. Flemming, M.
Colter, Athompson, C. Carson, H. Wright, Joan McKee and Miss Anderson.
Next row has Mrs Bradley, Mrs Pattison, M. Cuckson, M. Meerin, Mrs Hawkins,
Mrs Curry, M. McIlrea, M. Wallace, N. McKee and B. Wallace.
Seated are F. Neill, D. McKeown, B. McKee, Mrs Wilson, Unknown, E. McMaster,
Mrs Taylor and finally L. Kenny.
ANTRIM HOME GUARD 3189
It's the 1940's during WWII and here in McCabe's butcher's back yard we have
Antrim Home Guard having their photograph taken.
Sadly at the moment the only naem known to me is that of William McKee Senior
who is first on the left middle row.
These men who came from all walks of life were fully trained to a high standard
in fact 16 of them had already served in WWI.
Now if you know any of these men please let me know for they deserve to have
their names added for history.
ANTRIM ROYAL MAIL POSTAL STAFF 3194
This is Antrim Royal Mail Postal Staff in 1911 just three years away from
the life changing events of World War I.
What the staff's jobs were is unknown to me except for the two small boys
they were the telegram boys who soon people would dread to see coming up their
street carrying a telegram to say a loved one had been killed in the war.
Now the telegram boy on the left has all ready been working for the
Royal Mail for a year, his name is William McKee and went on to serve 52 years
with them so William would have the dreadful task of delivering the news.
ANTRIM CASTLE 3215
This postcard shows a South view of Antrim Castle and has been has been hand
coloured for colour photography was expensive back then.
To the left is the Motte which has now been retored to a very high standard
and you can see right down High Street from the top.
In from the left of the castle can be seen an arched doorway. This was where
the tradesmen dropped off their deliveries and also the servants entrance.
In the foreground the pathway leads to the pleasure garden back then, now
it has been restored Iwould say it's far better than it ever was.
UNKNOWN SOLDIER 3375
This Unknown soldier of the Royal Fusiliers having his photograph taken in
a studio, they were then made into postcards so they could post them to loved
Where the photograph was taken is unknown but it was posted Slindon in West
Sussex on the 15th August 1917 while WW1 was still raging in Europe. It must
have been posted by some friend of the Unknown soldier. The photograph was
cut to fit a frame so only part of the message written on the back has survived
for they cut the bottom of the photograph to fit it into a frame. So here
is what we have of the message: "don't you think they are good of him.
I do hope you are quite well is this wet weather ever going to stop, did he
tell you he expects to be stationed at Shane's Castle in Randalstown. "
AERO ENGINE FITTERS 3419
Here we are at Aldergrove in 1938 and these guys are Aero Engine Fitters who
the following year would become very valuable as in September 1939 the following
year the Second World War would start in Europe.
At the back on the left is Mr Armstrong then F. Breen and Mr. McAreauey. In
the middle row is Mr. Cairnduff and Unknown.
Seated are Mr. Murray, Mr. McCullough and Mr McNeilly
THE ALLENS 3455
All smiles for the camera we have the Rev. Derek Allen and his lovely wife
Derek was the minister at Loanends Presbyterian Church in the 1950,s. They
then imigrated to Canada and Derek was the minister at Oshawa and Ottawa.
Alice still lives in Ottawa alone now for her dear husband Derek has gone
ANTRIM SIGNAL BOX 3456
Up here in the old Antrim signal box having a yarn before the next train back
in 1991 we have on the left
Barry Reynolds but who Barry is talking too is a mystery unless you know him.
If you do please let me know so I can fill in the blank.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham now
of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.