Standing in Main Street Randalstown the parade is all set to march off, the
year is unknown.
Everyone out in all their finest and mothers back then had some washing to
do when you consider not only the men with white collars but the boys as well.
Over to the right is a little boy and probably his sister with him looking
at the camera. Just look at the lace collar he is wearing and also the belt
PURPLE STAR 1233
This is the Purple Star L.O.L No.941 posing for the camera in Randalstown.
The only person known is at the back in the centre underneath the banner Robert
Woods, when it was taken is unknown.
PURPLE STAR L.O.L. 1235
These are the members of the Purple Star Lodge in Randalstown getting ready
to board the bus, the year is unknown. On the left is Bill McIlroy, Unknown,
Mr.Lyttle, Harry Rainey,unknown, Gill King & Unknown.
The next row has Mr Stewart, Mr Johnston, George Wood Basil French and Sydney
Scott, the rest of the members are unknown.
PORTGLENONE ROAD 1822
Getting their photograph taken out on the Portglenone road in Randalstown
in 1949 we have the Coulter family.
At the back (from the left) are Stanley Coulter in his daddy's arms William
Coulter, then John Coulter in his mum's arms Agnes Coulter.
In front are Margaret Coulter, Tommy Coulter and finally our very own Isobel
PIGEON RACER 1287
Here we have standing outside his home at Ballylurgan Randalstown is Billy
Billy is seen here holding one of his famous racing pigeons and I have been
told that he was the best racer of pigeons in Randalstown in his time.
PARADE GROUND 2220
This is Sarah Anne Harper in the late 1930's, who as a young child was sent
here to Parade Ground at Randalstown to be brought up by the Seymours
who were relations. Her family lived on the Horseshoe, at the Cave Hill. Her
father William Harper, was a blacksmith who did work for the Belfast Trams.
They originated in Magheralane (up the lonen where the old Magheralane Schoolhouse
was) they are buried in the Drumhaul Cemetery just outside of Randalstown,
down the bottom of the Coolsythe road. The Seymour's, who were her mother's
people were from the Randalstown, from Seymour's Bridge right next to the
old school house which still stands.
PARADE GROUND 2260
Here at her home at Parade Ground Ranadalstown in the late 1930's is Sarah
Seymour on the left sitting with two unknown boys, then Margaret Irene Harper.
Sarah lived here with her sisters and brothers and they all worked at the
Old Bleach and one of them was a master designer.
Their house was the second one from the railway side.
POST OFFICE 1401
This is Randalstown Post Office in lower Main Street in 1910, but was first
there in 1863 and is still there. When it first opened John Stevenson was
appointed Postmaster and later his daughter Matilda took over as Postmistress
in 1900 for 19 years. The photograph shows all the postmen who delivered the
mail not only to the locals but also all the surrounding rural areas. On the
left we have John Givens, Sam Crowe, Unknown, Dan McAteer, Miss Matilda Stevenson
the postmistress, Thomas Givens, George McIlroy, Peter McLaughlin, Samuel
Carson and Bernard McCann. The young telegraph
messenger boy in front is David Givens.
ALVIN PEARSON 2016
This is Alvin Pearson having his photograph taken by a street photographer
during the 1940's.
Alvin wrote something on the photograph but sadly it cannot be made out.
All set for a night out in Randalstown we have have Dan Dobbin and Danny Letters.
This was the dress code back then in 1952 even if you were going to a dance.
These great pals out for a walk were inseparable as you can see.
At the back is Elsie Rea.with her arms round her pals on the left Helen Caldwell
nee Rea and Molly McCaughey nee McIlvenna.
PALS SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPH
Getting their school photograph taken in 1950 are Isabel Coulter and Anne
With pretty bows in their hair and Isobel's lovely flowered dress with a little
Dutch lady brooch, they lived at Portglenone Road in Randalstown.
PATTERSON WEDDING 1612
Standing getting a photograph taken of their Wedding Day on the 28th November
We have the groom John Alexander Patterson and his beautiful Bride Elizabeth
THREE PLATOON WINNERS OF THE INTER COY SHIELD
These soldiers seem to be in the far East by looking at their surroundings,
now they are Three Platoon Winners of the Inter Coy Shield.
Now I have tried to find out what they were playing to win this shield, some
say cricket, others say football, sadly also I do not have their names.
If anyone can help me I would be most grateful also there are 15 medals on
PATTERSON WEDDING 1634
Here after their wedding on the 28th November 1922 is Groom John Patterson
and his Bride Elizabeth McCabe.
At the back on the left is Dean Collis, with Jimmy McCabe and the minister
is unknown. In the middle are Young Jimmy McCabe, Unknown, Unknown and the
Groom's brother Bobby Patterson.