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History of ordinary people of Hillsborough to be told


Soldiers at Hillsborough before going to fight in the First World War. US05-741SPTHE story of the ordinary people who helped make Hillsborough what it is today is to be told in a new book.

The recently formed Hillsborough Historical Cultural and Arts Society - also be known as the Old Guard as many of its founding members are from long established local families - the public will help by providing pictures and stories.

The book aims to mirror the success of As It Was, which was about Culcavey and which was a huge success when it was released a few years ago.

Founding member of both groups Jackie McQuillan said they are looking forward to making a permanent record of the old photos and stories people have about Hillsborough.

"When people saw how successful the book about Culcavey was I was asked 'What about Hillsborough?'" said Mr McQuillan.

"I knew there was a demand so we decided to form a group with the aim of doing a similar book about Hillsborough."

He said they want people who have old photographs and stories of the past to come forward. "Hillsborough has a history rich in famous names and important characters, but the story of the ordinary people who made the village now needs to be told," he said.

"It is intended to be a tribute to them. Already there is a wealth of information available to the project team, but the Old Guard would welcome further contributions not only from individuals but also from the many organisations and clubs that are to be found in the town and surrounding areas."

Anyone who would like to share memories of life in the Hillsborough, lend a photograph, tell a story or indeed contribute in any way should contact either Harry Shortt on 92-682379 or Pearl Finn on 92-683260.