MASSEREENE BRASS AND REED BAND 222
Pictured on the steps of a building in 1922 are the Massereene Brass and Reed Band in full uniform.
Back Row: J. Carson, G. Kernohan, T. Simpson, W. Holmes, W. McKee, J. Gilkes, H. Brennan.
Middle Row: J. Boomer, A. Mailey, W. Bell, K. O. Carson, O. Boomer, J. Carson, Cummings, F. Coulter.
Front Row: H. Mailey, G. Gilkes, W. Burrows, J. Rainey, S. McKinney, H. Kelly, M. Surgenor.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 547
This is Massereene Bridge taken in the early 1900's from a postcard. In the background there seems to be two people on in a boat, the water must have been a lot deeper then.
MASSEREENE BRASS AND REED BAND 1111
These are the members of the Massereene Brass and Reed Band outside Clotworthy House in Antrim Castle grounds on a Saturday afternoon in 1921.
At the moment the only one known is James Carson with his Baritone who is in the front row far right.
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MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 048
Members of the club with seated in the centre Viscount Massereene in 1904.
MASSEREENE BRASS AND REED BAND 2308
Here we are in High Street, yes back then in 1918 from the Market Square to the top of the town was all High Street.
In the middle of this crowd is the Massereene Brass and Reed band playing their hearts out, but as you can see not one of bandsmen are in uniform.
They are in their working clothes, having rushed out of work grabbed their musical instruments and all met up in Market Square. The reason for this is that it's the 11th November 1918 and Peace has been declared in Europe the Great War is over at last. A thanks-giving service had been held in Market Square and they had provided the music. All the shops and schools closed and all the towns-people came out and joined in, what a joyous day it was. After the service the Massereene Brass and Reed band played all the way up to the top of the town and them back down again. As you can see by the photograph hundreds of people followed them while the children skipped along to the music. The first shop on the right is Jennings, then we have Baird's Wine & Spirits Store, Burrowes Antique Gallery and partly hidden in the Unitarian Church. Now although this was a joyous day for many it was a sad day for those whose loved ones would not be coming home, perhaps that is the reason the little boy in the centre with bare feet and looking sad has no father coming home.
MASSEREENE FORGE 152
All shod and ready to go home is this horse and cart.
The boy standing to the right in the doorway was Jimmy Baird.
Take a look at the pavement it is still cobbled, I bet that wasn't easy to walk on in the winter.
Date is Unknown.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 180
Here is something of a rarity - the grand opening of Massereene Golf Club back in 1904. The great and the good congregated at the 'modern' new club-clubhouse for the lavish event - as by the dresses and bonnets worn by the ladies. Guest of honour was Viscount Massereene, himself a keen player.
MUCKAMORE TENNIS CLUB 2037
Here we have the Muckamore Tennis team showing off their silverware.
At the moment their names and the year are unknown to me.

LADIES OF THE McMAHON FAMILY 101A
Celebrating Christmas 1992 was a wonderful time for the McMahon sisters for it had been the first time they had been together in 33 years! From the back on the left we have Cathrine, Florence and Elizabeth. In front are Eleanor, Margaret and Josephine.

VISITING SANTA 2429
Here we are at Anderson & MCauleys in December 1953. Now this little lad holding his present has come all the way from Antrim to see Santa and tell him what a good boy he has been. Oh you want to know who it is? well it's our very own Sam McComb junior!
NORMAN McKEOWN 2324
Having his portrait photograph taken is Norman McKeown with the film star looks then aged 24.
MASSEREENE FORGE 083
It is 1920 and standing in the middle outside Massereene Forge in which they worked are blacksmiths Jim Coulter and his Father.The other men are all unknown.

ELLEN NELLIE REFORD 2325
This is Ellen Nellie Reford aged 19 and the reason for such a beautiful is because Ellen had just got engaged. In the photograph Ellen was wearing a red jacket.

MASSEREENE FORGE 149
The man standing next to the horse is Jimmy Coulter and the reason he is standing there is his dad would not pose for the camera and you can just make him out hiding inside. The little girl's name then was Caroline Kissick now Mrs Stewart, the boy next to her is called Harrison, the other boy's name is unknown as back then he was from Riverside and the Massereene & Riverside kids didn't play together !
The photograph was taken in the year 1935.
MASSEREENE FORGE 267
Built in 1887 under instructions from Viscount Massereene, who when coming along one day on his horse he saw his blacksmith working away in the rain with no shelter to protect him or the horses. Some people have etched their initials on the walls, do you know any of them? N.C.1933; W.J. 1934; J.M.B.; S.D; S.G; J.C;
J.M.B. initials belong to John Martin Buick 1950.
MASSEREENE FORGE 906
This is is not the usual photograph that would be taken of the blacksmith's forge but as it was a Sunday in 1938 it was closed.
MUCKAMORE TENNIS CLUB 2307
Here we have the Muckamore Tennis team showing off their silverware.
At the moment their names and the year are unknown to me.
GARRON TOWER 2584
Here we are at Garron Tower along the Antrim coast back in 1941. Out for the day while off duty are at the back left is Flying Officer Sam Gradwell, then Elsie Simpson, and Hubert Ogilby. Seated we have Flight Seargent Sandy McGregor and Annie Simpson. Now Sandy came from Cupar, Fife and Sam from England, they were posted at the RAF radar station at Dickeystown, just above Glenarm. And as always happens Sandy fell helplessly in love with Elsie and so the following year in October 1942 they got married.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 193
Taken from the Sixmilewater river the date of the photograph is unknown.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 1219
Sitting on the Massereene Bridge enjoying themselves in 1965 we have Eleanor Millar with her mum Jean Millar.
MARIE WALLACE 2157
"But Mammy why can't I play with the budgie?"
Says little Marie Wallace now over a year old, back on the 1st February 1958.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 481
Sitting on Massereene Bridge in 1952 are David and Mary Boyd.
If you pass by on the bridge you will see that the top slab is different to the one in the picture, reason being vandals pushed it into the river.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 498
Taken on the Massereene Bridge in the background you can see Riverside,
All Saints' Parish Church and High Street Presbyterain Church.
The Fab Four are unknown at the moment and so is the year.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 905
Before heading on into town in 1923 having stopped on the Massereene Bridge for a photograph we have in the centre Robert Renton, the girl on his knee is unknown, next to him his wife Ellen - the man is unknown and on the far left we have Belle Brown
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 015
This photograph was taken in the late 1950's.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 082
Taken on the banks of the Sixmilewater River this shows Massereene Bridge and the concrete walkway which used to run right down to Hall's Hotel.
The photograph was taken in 1947 and used as a postcard but as you can see very little of the building you can see have changed.
On the back of the postcard which was postmarked Antrim 24th August 1948 was the following:
To Mr &Mrs. W. Eclclo, 76 Berry Lane, Longbridge, Preston, Lancashire.
Reads: Monday, a day entirely free from rain, a long drive to Mountains of Mourne and visit to the Free State. Cocoanut was in demand by all and all and sundry, but little or none was obtainable, I did not get any. Tomorrow hope to go to Derry but it is further than at first thought. PS.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 019
Massereene bridge was built by Lord Massereene and John O'Neill Esquire in 1708 as a gift to the people of Antrim.
The bridge was repaired and widened in 1857 by William Vance who was Chairman of the town Commissioners and owned a hardware shop in High Street. The small railway track that you can see on the bank of the river was used to deliver goods to Hall's Hotel.
There used to be a slipway at the side of High Street Presbyterian Church. The delivery men would load the goods on to the trucks which were then pushed along to Hall's back entrance. Date is unknown.
McCOMB PORTRAIT 2490
Here we have William John McComb and his Catherine who were from Whitestown, Ballysculty having a studio photograph taken in 1894.
The photograph was taken shortly after their marriage on the 26th November 1894, so this year this photograph will be 116 years old !!
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 713
This is Massereene Bridge in Bridge Street spanning the Sixmilewater river and the two boys are posing for the photographer.
In the background is All Saints' Parish Church, the year is unknown.

McCABE FAMILY 1792
Here's Robin McCabe in his back in 1970 garden with his wife Meta and their daughter Arlene who's not too sure of the rose in her hand.

MARIE WALLACE 2159
"Hello I'm Marie Wallace, I'm two years old and I sent a letter to Santa asking for a Doll".
Marie told the photographer in 1959
MARIE WALLACE 2158
It's the 1st February 1958 and Marie Wallace is telling the photographer
That bird might think he's a Pretty Boy, but I KNOW I'm a pretty Girl!.Believe me folks Marie still is.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 571
This unusual shot of Massereene Bridge was taken from the tower of all Saints' Parish Church in 1952 - and the skyline has certainly changed over the last 50 years. The long building to the right was the Massereene Hotel, while on the left you can clearly make out Massereene National School. Both, sadly, have since been demolished - as have the row of small town houses overlooking the Sixmilewater river.
JOHN McELREA 801
Standing proudly with a big smile to show that the girls have kissed out his two front teeth is John McElrea aged 7 at the back of the Massereene National School in 1954.
UMBERTO MASETTI 2965
Here Umberto masetti on his 203cc M.V. Agusta racing round the quarry bends at Dundrod in the 1955 Ulster Grand Prix.
Masetti was born in Borgo delle Rose, in the province of Parma.
He debuted in the Grand Prix motorcycle World Championship in 1949 aboard a Moto Morini, in the 125cc class. In the same year he also raced a Benelli in the 250cc class and a Gilera in the 500cc class.
In 1950, Masetti won the Grands Prix of Belgium and the Netherlands and defeated Geoff Duke for the 500cc World Championship. In 1952, still with Gilera, he was again World Champion, again taking victories in Belgium and the Netherlands.
In 1953 he raced in the 250cc class for NSU, but an accident at Imola prevented him from taking part for much of the season. In 1954 Masetti was again in the 500cc class with Gilera. In 1955 he divided his time between the 250cc and 500cc classes, this time for the MV Agusta factory, with whom he raced
for until 1958. That year, after an unsuccessful season in the 500cc class, he retired from motorcycle competition. Masetti then lived in Maranello, where he died in 2006.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham now of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham now of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
BERTIE MANN 2967
Out in front on his 50cc iTom at Lurgan Park is Bertie Mann.
EVA LAWTHER McCOMBE 3006
This lovely portrait photograph is of Eva Lawther Mccombe back in 1927 when she was 21 and 3 years later Eva got Married.
Eva was born on the 2nd March 1906 and went home on the 6th February 1980.
Requiescat in Pace, lots of love Ciara McKeown and Connor McKeown.
Requiescat in Pace, lots of love Ciara McKeown and Connor McKeown.
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