The Bishop of Connor, Dr Arthur Butler, left, celebrated Holy Communion in St Saviour’s Church, Connor, Co Antrim, in September 1980, on the 1,500th anniversary of the founding of the church. He is seen speaking to the oldest member of the parish, Mr Francis Hoey, who would turn 80 in January 1981. Included is the rector, the Rev Adrian S Hofmeester. Picture: News Letter archives
We have plenty more old photographs that we have uncovered during lockdown that we will be sharing with readers.
Here is another selection of old photographs, today’s selection comes from September 1980 and includes a couple from first day at school at Connor House in Bangor.
See who you might see from days gone by.
Thousands of youngsters across Northern Ireland took their first major step into the wide world in September 1980 when they sat down at schools desks around the country. Here we see Primary One teacher Mrs Doreen McCracken at Bangor’s Connor House, with new pupils, including Lindsay McCurdy. Picture: News Letter archives
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Andrew Connolly brought Kermit with him to share the experience of going to school in September 1980 when he started to attend Bangor’s Connor House. Picture: News Letter archives
At a press conference in Belfast in September 1980 details of the 19th Belfast Festival at Queen’s were announced. It was noted country music fans were celebrating the decision, after years of lobbying and protests,that the genre was worthy of a place in the programme, and Boxcar Willie had been booked for two Ulster Hall appearances, supported by Jean Shepard and Second Fiddles. At the press conference is festival director Michael Barnes and festival staff Anne Bailie, left, and Lindsay Brown. The festival was billed as one of the biggest in the UK and ran from November 3 to 22. Picture: News Letter archives
Mr Seamus Martin from Randalstown, with the President’s Trophy and Anderson Trophy. Pictures: News Letter archives
It was a blooming good show indeed at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Showgrounds in September for Dr Dorothy McMaster, who won the Northern Ireland Dahlia Society’s Mahon Memorial Trophy and McMaster Cup. She is pictured, above left, with Mr Robert Knox from Ayr in Scotland. Picture: News Letter archives
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman John Carson, who officially opened the Information and Advice Centre for Age Concern in September 1980, looks on as voluntary helper Mary Cowan answers a call at the premises in Great Victoria Street. Included are other helpers, Patrick Murray, Jean Currie and Bob Byers. Picture: News Letter archives
Mr Michael Murray, right, marketing director of Ulster Daf Trucks, at the Daf Trucks Convoy 80 open day at Beechill, Newtownbreda, in September 1980. With him are Mr John Watters, left, an Ulster haulier, Miss Lesley Smith, demonstration driver for Daf Trucks, and Mr Hank Thyssen of sales promotion, Daf Trucks, Holland. Picture: News Letter archives
Three workmen hard at work on the Harland and Wolff cranes in July 1983. The City Hospital and Churchill House can clearly be seen from this breathtaking photograph over Belfast. What a view! Picture: News Letter archives