BALMORAL SHOW 1946
This is Bob Wilson owner of the Hall's Hotel at the Balmoral Show in 1964.
He had just won "Best Clydesdale" and was showing off the horse,
just look how the two of them are in step with each other!
BUFA STREET SCHOOL 1637
This photograph of Bufa Street School, Antrim Road Belfast was taken in 1908.
Sadly no one is known but see how a lot of the children are wearing sailor
suits and the bigger boys with their suits and white collars.
BELLA THOMPSON 2520
This is Bella Thompson whife of Sam Thompson having her photograph taken in
Prince's Studio, High Street a branch of Abernethy's
This is Marie Mitchell being helpful by minding a neighbours child who is
Mary Mo McBride.
Now Marie today is still being helpful behind the counter of Tesco's Customer
Information. Also she still has that lovely smile and twinkle in her eye!
Sitting enjoying the sunshine while visiting her uncle Micky Collins in hospital
is Marie Mitchell.
The sun was also shining down on the English because it was the 30th July
1966 and the England football team has won the World Cup.
As it was a sunny day Cassie Mitchell decided to her children and their friends
to the park to enjoy the day while it lasts.
In fron of her from the left are Dermott McNeice, Michael Mitchell, Richard
Dean and John Mitchell.
JOHN MITCHELL 2740
Standing proudly in his service uniform is John Mitchell who was a sergeant
in the Kings Own Regiment
The reason for all the lights here at Bellevue is that it was 1935 and was
the Silver Jubilee of King George V.
On the left you will wonder why the telephone box is white instead of red,
that's because back then you could paint them whatever colour you liked. Just
round the corner you can see a billboard, it is advertising dancing in the
Floral Hall. Then opposite on the right is a weighing machine. Now there were
two ways to get to Bellevue Zoo and that was by a bus with no sides to it
and the road up to the zoo was like a road going up a mountain.
I loved going on the bus for when coming down the driver went very fast. The
other way in is in front of you the steps and I have done it when I was young.
At each set of steps there was seating so you could have a rest. Above the
steps is a walkway this took you from one side of the bridge to the other.
GREAT PALS 2741
All squeezed tight together for they were in a photo booth having their photograph
We haveTina Mitchell, Richard Dean and Michael Mitchell.
BALLYSILLAN NATIONAL SCHOOL 3397
It's 1920 and here we are at Ballysillan National School in Belfast for the
pupils annual school photograph. Only three boys are known and they are in
front row. 5th from the left is George Stevenson, next to him is his brother
Jack Stevenson and 8th in the row is their other brother Jimmy Stevenson.
Now some of the boys in the front row you would think that they were too young
to be at school and you would be correct. Back then if their father and
mother were working the small children could come to school as long as they
had a bigger brother to look after them and of course keep them good in class.
BALLYSILLAN NATIONAL SCHOOL 3396
These are the pupils of Ballysillan National School back in 1922 and what
the "3" on the slate means I do not know, If you do please let me
Their master standing behind them with the Santa Claus beard is called Mr.
Matthew Parker, looking at I would say he was firm in his teaching but gentle.
Only two pupils are known in the class and they are in the front row, third
from the left is George Stevenson and next to him his brother Jack Stevenson.
They had another brother called Jimmy who is not in the photograph, now George
went on to become a sailor and emigrated to America. George's ship was in
a convoy delivering supplies to us during World War Two when his ship was
torpedoed and sank. George survived the sinking and also survived
floating about in the Atlantic ocean for four days before being picked up.
He was very lucky for the official orders during the war where that you did
not stop for survivors. Now if George was in the Merchant Navy his wages stopped
the minute his ship went down and he did not start to earn money again until
he was working on another ship! Jack in his adult life became an aeronautical
engineer who created a trade union called the " Aeronautical Engineers
Association" in 1944 when he was only 29 years old, breaking away from
the T.U.C. Jack later in life turned to be a political speech writer for Bernard
Weatherill speaker of the House of Commons and M.P.'s from the three main
parties concurrently. Finally Jimmy when he grew up became a Director of Social
Services for Northern Ireland for witch he was awarded the M.B.E. In 1972.
AGNES BAILLIE M.B.E. 3618
Here standing outside the railing of Buckingham Palace are these three ladies.On
the left Peggey Mrs. H.W. Topham is the sister of the lady in the middle.
The lady on the right is a colleague from Vienna Miss E.D. Standing. Now the
lady in the middle is Agnes Baillie nee Agnes White and the reason they were
at Buckingham Palace was that Agnes had received the M.B.E. for services in
Vienna as Executive Officer with the Allied Control Commission fro 1945.
The date was the 28th February 1951.
Here we are in the heart of Belfast looking over at the City Hall and in the
sky above you can see the trolleybus overhead lines.
It's early morning yet only 7.30am in the morning of the 5th June 1948 and
the people you can see could possibly be shop assistances for is was Saturday.