BALLYMENA MODEL SCHOOL
This class of 1949 pupils are from Ballymena Model School but as usual a lot
came from Antrim as well.
Up at the back we have Tom Reynolds, David McKillen, Harold Dickey, George
Campbell, Tom Irwin, John McMillan, Wilfred McVeigh and Ivor Lennox.
. . Next row has Sammy Marcus, Unknown, Jack
Robinson, Jim Barr, Dennis Hogg, Sam Murray, Gerald Alexander and Ivor McDowell.
Now for the girls Miss Dunlop, June Carson, Betty Adams, Jeanette Lowery,
Nan Gardiner, Lila McCory, Noreen Jenkins, Betty McBride, Yvonne McClurg and
Then seated are Margaret Nesbitt, Kathleen McCurdy, Nan Weir, Rosemary Steele,
Ann Hilton, Maureen Whylie and Gwyneth Erwin.
BRAIDWATER SPINNING MILL
This is the Braidwater Spinning Mill in Ballymena, the year is unknown.
Broadway in Ballymena with the Northen Bank in the background.
The year is 1941 and this was a postcard.
This is back of the above postcard. It reads as follows:
xx for John xx for Daddy
Dear Mammy xx I am having a
good time, and I am not thinking long. I hope you are all well. With love
BRAIDWATER SPINNING MILL
Here's a scene that is now long gone, the Braidwater Spinning Mill.
The year this photograph was taken is unknown but it was taken at 3 pm according
to the clock on the wall.
BILLY'S CREW 2017
Standing in front of their Lanscaster bomber being photographed during World
Sadly all I know is what was on the back of the photograph "Billy's Crew".
BALLYMENA ACADEMY 2216
This is Ballymena Academy in the 1960's and these poor lads are going to be
doing the dredded P.E. As you can see the teacher has just laid down the mat
for them to start jumping over the 'Horse'.
BALLYMENA ACADEMY PREFECTS 2476
This is Ballymena Academy Prefects 1959/60 having their photograph taken,
now this was in the days before there was an Antrim Grammar school.
So you will see the quite a number of the pupils are from the Antrim - Randalstown
Now we will start at the back from the left E McKillen, E Bell, Unknown,
G Simpson, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, M Livingston, J Crawford, B Turtle
and B Gaston.
The 3rd row has M Greer, M McClelland, M Johnston, Unknown, Unknown, Elizabeth
(Libby) Wier, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, P Catherwood, Unknown
and M Kirpatrick.
The 2nd row has U Matthews, L McCaughey, J Simpson, JJL Francey, A Jack,
J Edmundson, R Craig, Unknown, R McCosh, Unknown, Unknown, R Dickey, M Cairns
and R Harris.
The front consists of Unknown, T Speers, B Gawn, M Bones, G Jackson, Mr
Preston, Mr Mol, Miss Kyle, J Gaston, Unknown, Unkown, D Montgomery and
Finally the two inserts are of A McAteer and H Marcus who became a well
known butcher in Antrim.
Now Elizabeth Wier along with her brother Michael
Wier lived in Muckamore from about 1956 to 1960 and Michael went to the
primary school on the Aldergrove road, and their father Mr. Weir was the
chief test pilot at RAF Aldergrove. Our surname is spelt Wier, rather than
Weir, because it is a contraction of a Polish surname. Mr Wier arrived in
England in 1940, and served in the Polish Air Force during the war, then
got a commission to the RAF later. He's still going at 96 years old!
The helping of turning an Unknown into a person called Elizabeth (Libby)
Weir and the above in blue information above about Elizabeth, her Brother
and their father was kindly given to me by the brother Michael Weir with
BALLYMENA TOWN HALL
It's seven minutes to twelve and this is the Town Hall in Ballymena in the
BOYS BRIGADE 1370
Down at Carnlough for summer camp in July of 1946 we have 3rd Ballymena Boys
It's a Sunday morning and they are just ready to march off to church, at the
moment no one is known in the photograph.
Looking after their baby sister Marnie at their home called "Lynwood"
on the Old Cullybacky Road in October 1939 we have standing at the back Cedric,
in front is his older brother Liam Blackbourne who is holding tight to his
toy racing car.
Getting their photograph taken on the steps of their home on the Old Cullybackey
Road in April 1939.
We have William Samuel Blackbourne and his brother George Cedric Blackbourne.
BALLYMENA ACADEMY SCHOOL
It's nearly 11.35am in 1957 and these are the Prefects of Ballymena Academy
School getting their photograph taken with the Principal Willie Moll.
In the front row 2nd from the left is Master McKinney who became an estate
agent and 9th along is James Irvine who also became an estate agent.
Next to him is his sister Miss Irvine, now in the back row centre is Tom Nicholl
who became a teacher.
The following names were on the back of the photograph: James McKeown, R.
Anderson, Alye Rankin, A. Chambers, Wallace Allen and James S. Kirk.
BLACKBOURNE FAMILY 1601
Out for an evening walk we have the Blackbourne family getting their photograph
taken in August 1941.
To the left and nearly out of the picture is Granny Mary Blackbourne, then
her son William with his wife Annie.
In front on the left are the children Marnie, then Cedric, Doris and finally
BALLYMENA TOWN 2217
Here we are in Ballymena town at the Broadway in the 60's and you can see
Wellington Street and on the left Church Street.
UPPER BUCKNA PRIMARY SCHOOL 3003
Here is a photo of pupils and teachers at Upper Buckna Primary School in 1957
that was four miles east of Broughshane.
At the back from the left we have Miss Agnes Montgomery, Charlie Davison,
Drew Davison, Raymond Davison, Andy McKillop, Robert Gibson, Paddy McKendry,
Raymond Moore and Mrs Boyle.
In the 3rd row are Moyna McCullough, Anna Kennedy, Mary Smith, Elizabeth Wallace,
Jean Davison, Elsie Dickey, Maureen Mills, Margaret Davison, Betty Bamber
and Hazel Bamber.
The second row has Hugh Gibson, Margaret McKendry, Clara Gibson, Josephine
Graham, Nartha Davison and Willie John Moore.
Seated are Cecil Dickey, John Gibson, Donny Robinson, Drea Robinson, Robert
Davison, Moira Davison, James Moore, Billy Mills and James Kennedy.
Sadly the School is no longer in use. Buckna's meaning in Irish is Hilly.
UPPER BUCKNA PRIMARY SCHOOL 3002
Here we are at Buckna Primary School back in 1950 and all the pupils are having
their annual school photograph taken.
At the Back from the Left are Jim Mills, Stanley Davison, Kenneth McMullan,
Alex McMaster, Robert Moore, Sammy Moore, Maurice McMullan, Willie Moore,
Andy Dickey and Jamie Graham.
In the 3rd row we have Jack Robinson, Moira O'Neill, Betty Graham, Mary Gibson,
Elizabeth Moore, Dinah Aiken, Helen Montgomery, Margaret Robinson, Bertha
Gibson and Gordon Smyth.
The 2nd row has Sam McMaster, Bertie Kennedy, Mary Boyle, Jean Davison, Elsie
Dickey, Sally Davison, Rosemary Graham, Mary Wallace, Maureen Mills and Paddy
Seated on the ground cross-legged are Joe Smyth, Felix McKendry, Ian Dickey,
Andy Mills, Joe Adams, Albert Davison, Sam Wallace and Brian O'Neill.
Here we are in Ballymena in the early 1900's and as you can see no motor vehicles
only horses so the road sweeper was a lot of work to do. Heading up the hill
is a pony and trap passing a lovely big cart horse pulling a large cart while
halfway up the road a little boy is running across the road. Over to the left
the second door up has a plaque outside it, so it could be the local doctor
- dentist or solicitor. Right opposite is a young boy who must have spotted
the photographer for he is staring straight at them.
BRAIDWATER SPINNING MILL 3284
This is Braidwater Spinning Mill and all is quiet the chimney stacks are not
smoking although steam is coming out of a vent.
The reason it is quiet is that the shift has finished work because it is twenty
past six in the evening.
BALLYMONEY ROAD 3285
Here on the Ballymena Road in Ballymena in 1910 there is not too much traffic
about only one car outside the churches.
Now it can't have been a Sunday for people back then walked to their places
of worship even if it was a mile away!
The church on the right is unknown but the one of the left is is West Church.