Here in Riverside at Belmont Park on a warm summer's day and in the background
you can see the towering spire of All Saints' Parish Church.
Gathered in a front garden for a game of football are At the back on the left
is Kenny Grey and possibly his brother whose name escapes me at the moment.
To the left on his own is Billy Butcher with his cousin Grace Ann O'Neill
getting a piggy-back.
In front of Billy is his sister Christine Butcher, then Sylvia Grey, Gerard
Butcher and Arthur Butcher.
FUN DAY 3112
It's a Fun Day down here in Belmont Park and some of the children have dressed
up for the occasions.
Back Row: on the left we have Audrey Whiteside,
Mary Rankin, Gerard Butcher, Unknown and Unknown.
Middle row: are Mandy Whiteside, Arthur Butcher,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Jean Knox and Christine Butcher..
Front Row: are Miss Whiteside, Sydney Grey, Nicky
Wilson, Unknown, James Wilson, Kathryn Wilson and slightly hidden is Cyril
DANCING GIRLS 3113
Here in their back garden in Belmont Park we have on the right Christine Butcher
with her best friend Kathyrn Wilson and in the background Cyril Wilson.
The girls have on their Feis dresses to go to Céilí dances,
Feis is Irish and means "Festival"
There is no mistaking when this photo was taken, the 60's.
With his Elvis Presley Hairstyle, the suit and of course the Pianol tie, definitely
Vincent Gould is the man.
Next to Vincent with her Bouffant Hair, heavily massacred Dusty Springfield
eyes and the black and white slim dress is Ann McMaster is living the dream.
SUMMERS DAY 3117
Here in the front garden at Belmount Park which was in Riverside everyone
is all smiles for the - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - -camera or because it is a sunny day. -
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Row: on the left is Nellie Tosh, then Lizzie McMaster, Kathleen Butcher,
Cyril Wilson, Emma Wilson, Grace O'Neill, Arthur Butcher and in his arms Grace
Middle Row: consists of Audrey Whiteside, Christine
Butcher, Jean Knox, Kathryn Wilson, Valerie Wilson, Nicky Wilson, May Rankin,
Unknown, Arthur Butcher Jnr and Reba McMaster.
Front Row: are Unknown, Unknown, James Wilson
and Mandy Whiteside.
BUTCHER FAMILY 3120
This is part of the Butcher family standing at the front gate with the family
home in the background which was in O'Neill Park, Randalstown. On the left
holding her baby brother Benny is Christine Butcher and next to her is Christine's
daddy Arthur Butcher. When this photograph was taken Arthur was either home
from work or it was the weekend, the reason being he his not wearing a collar.
Back then collars were separate from the shirt and and were held on by a stud
at the back and front, I can remember my mum starching my dad's collars to
make them stiff.
SOCIAL NIGHT OUT 3125
Here sitting at the table enjoying a social night out we have John and Betty
Blair, Lily Carnworth, the other lady is unknown and David Dogger Laughlin.
It's July 1972 and this is Mae Brooks nee Ritchie from Firfields with her
husband Barry Brooks who had to come from England to capture Mae's heart.
They are on their Honeymoon having got married back in Antrim on the 1st July
The photograph may be from the past but so are the pigeons for they are no
Here we have Elsie with William Brooks who she later in life married.
BALLYCRAIGY CONGREATIONAL CHURCH 3165
Stopped outside a cathedral and disembarking from the charabanc are the members
of Ballycraigy Congregational Church and two of the men are in plus 4's.
At the moment none of them are known but the man with the big white beard
might be recognisable. The weather must not have been very good for the charabanc's
roof can rool back. When you went out for a run in one of these vehicles you
were gone for a full day, the reason being back in the 1920's when this photograph
was taken the maxium speed was between 15 and 20 miles an hour!
CHURCH STREET 491
Here the band are coming down Church Street and in the background you can
see McCabe's the butchers.
The band is Ballycraigy band, the Lodge is unknown, it was taken in the 1960's.
CHURCH STREET 492
This is Ballycraigy band just coming into High Street from Church Street at
In the background you can see All Saints' Parish Church and just part of the
house that was two shops, one of which sold wool. The photograph had to be
Standing in Massereene
Street is Anna Baird. The date is unknown.
MASSEREENE STREET 321
This is the back of Massereene
Street, in the wheelchair is Jackie Baird with his young nephew Jackie Baird.
The date is unknown.
This is John Boyd in Firfields sitting astride a Royal Enfield 350 Bullet,
the registration was KZ 4657.
The year is unknown.
On the right is John Baird in Massereene Street, the dog and the young man
who has a shirt and tie on below his overalls are unknown.
Date is unknown.
LOUGH SHORE 480
This is John Boyd in 1953 standing at the top of the R.A.F. observation tower
at the Lough Neagh Shoreline.
In the background is the Sixmilewater river and a boat at the Cutts area.
FEEDING TIME 911
A popular pastime for Antrim folk was feeding the swans and ducks on the Sixmilewater
river or at the lough shore. Here we have Evelyn Brown looking at the camera
instead of throwing the bread in 1935, the lady is unknown.
BALLYCRAIGY PRIMARY SCHOOL 3522
This is Ballycraigy Primary School 7-a-side football team in 1985 with their
teacher Mr Scott, they played the 1984/1985 season.
Back Row:from the left are Gary Campbell, Kenneth Bishop, Darren McKelevy
and Ian Patterson.
Seated we have Garth Wilson, Samuel Moorman and Mathew Farrell.
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.
BIN MEN 3759
No disrespect to the hard-working refuse collectors who work the highways
and byways of Antrim nowadays,but this was taken in the 1970's when bin men
were real men! There were no machines to hoist the week's rubbish up into
the back of the lorry back then, just raw muscle power. Suffice to say you
would not want to wear your Sunday best when you were lifting aloft hundreds
of leaky old metal bins every day. Pictured from left are Sam Clotworthy,
the late Matt Caulfield, Francis Hamilton,(who is still with the council after
an extradinary 39 years), the late Andy McClure and Jimmy Watson. The chap
on the right, incidentally, is former Antrim Guardian reporter Bob Millar.
EMILY BARR 883
This is our sweet Emily Barr in 1940 getting her photo taken with her pet
goat who refused to give me it's name. Where Emily is, is in Railway Street
and behind her, her mum has been hard at work with the washing out on the
Remember all done by hand no washing machines back then!
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 279
Seated on the steps in front of Massereene Golf Club House are Rachel and
Aggie Baird. The date is unknown.
EMILY BARR 882
This little girl standing smiling for the camera in her best dress is Emily
Barr who lived in Railway Street, where this photograph was taken.
In the background you can see the chimney stack of the gasworks back in 1940.
OUT FOR A JAUNT 895
Showing friends from England the sights around Antrim and now down at the
Lough Shore - we have sitting on the jaunting car behind the girl on the right
is Grandad Brown from Dunadry. the year is unknown.
These two fine young men enjoying the summer's day are RAF maintainence crew,
the patch on their sleeves denotes that they are between a leading aircraftman
and a senior aircraftman technician.
The one on the left is unknown but the chap on the right is Dennis Butterfield
who married a Randalstown lass.
STEEPLE HOUSE 440
This is the front of Steeple House on the 10th August 1930. it was then owned
by Major Clarke.
Seated on the grass is Lily, Samuel in his cowboy outfit and Peggy Beresford.
ELLIE BROWN 877
Standing at the back of the yard of Renton's shop which was on High Street,
is Ellie Brown next to the Sixmilewater River. Their wall must have fallen
down for they have made a makeshift wall while rthe rest of it is the river.
Behind Ellie who is wrapped up warm as it must be cold you can see the ruins
of a cottage and the houses in Riverside - the year is unknown.
Here we have all dressed up in the back garden and nowhere to go as if they
would dare - is Eddie Brown and his wife Nan Brown.
Or is it the other way round!
SPA TERRACE 287
Standing at the wall in Spa Terrace is Anna Baird but who the lucky fella
is we don't know and Anna isn't saying!
The date is unknown.
P.O.W. POSTCARD 775
This is the first information that William Bain of the Gordon Highlanders
on the 17th November 1940 was able to send to wife to let her know where he
was and that he was safe and well after being captured. Later on William along
with fellow prisoners dug a tunnel and escaped only to be recaptured a few
days later but two avoided capture and made it back to England.
Here we have in Spa Terrace Ruby Baird, Unknown and Aggie Baird.
Date is unknown.
SPA TERRACE 304
Here next to the lorry in the 1930's the man is unknown, then Annie Baird,
Ruby Baird and seated in the truck is James Baird. Date is unknown.
STEEPLE GROUNDS 448
This was taken in the grounds of the Steeple estate beside the Tennis Courts.
Here we have Peggy and Samuel Beresford with their mother Sarah Beresford
STEEPLE HOUSE 438
Enjoying the sunshine at the side of Steeple House is Sarah Beresford, Lily
Beresford and sitting on the bonnet of the car is Jeannie Beresford who later
married a Wallace.
MATTHEW BOYD 614
The two lads were in the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers and were stationed at
Dungannon, the photo taken just before the start of the Second World War.
The sergeant on the right is unknown but the lad on the left is Matthew Boyd
from Antrim. Matthew was a driver and sadly died in a military convoy in England
shortly after the beginning of the War. He is still fondly remembered by Billy
Elliott who recalls Matthew taking him to the cinema in his youth in Dungannon.
When you think about it such a lot of promising lives were lost too soon.
STEEPLE HOUSE 441
This was taken at the Front Lodge gate in 1930.
This is Peggy and Jeannie Beresford with their Grandparents Sarah and Samuel
To the left of them you can see a discarded plant pot with a fern in it.
BARBICAN GATE 3486
This is the Barbican Gate which was the entrance to Antrim Castle which you
can see over the top of the castle wall. It looks to me that it must probable
be a Sunday for except for the two boys there is also no one else to be seen,
also by the shadows caused by the sun it was eary morning. The two little
boys could be from the gate keepers home which was above the gate where you
can see the windows and at the back behind the towers you can see the chimney
of their home.
THE BOY'S OWN PAPER 767
This comic cost one old penny on Saturday 20th December 1879.
BARBICIAN GATE 3106
This photograph taken in 1941 shows on the left Police Station and then the
If you look at the top of one of the towers you will see the Air Raid Warning
Siren, remember WWII was raging on in Europe and the year before we had to
evacuate what troops we could from Dunkirk. Above the gate is where the Gatekeeper
lived with his family until 1952.
At eight minutes to nine at night on the 7th November 1956 we have Robert
Brown of New Lodge Road, Muckamore.
Robert apparently was a great fiddler and when he started playing not only
could you not get him to stop but your feet as well. For he was well known
throughout Antrim as the man who could make a fiddle talk! Now he just didn't
play them he made them as well and his fiddles were in great demand. Just
look at the old range, the dog and the Tea caddy on the mantlepiece I can
remember them when I was a nipper.