The 1931 Ballinderry Primary School
photograph with Mr and Mrs Blacker - complete with
Jumbo, the mysterious missing dog. Front row: Felix
O'Brien, Bertie Best, Fred Scandrett, Jim Totten, John
McCormack, Jimmy Haddock, Simon Eakin, Fred Frazer,
Robert Johnston, Tommy Stevenson. Second row: Jean
McRoberts, Mary Scandrett, Eric Glover, Amy Scandrett,
Mary Haddock, Maureen Taverner, Lizzie Stevenson, Annie
Clements, Florence McKernon, Isobel Totten, Olive
Scandrett, Jean Haddock. Third row: Bob Hunter, Sadie
Hunter, Lily Hunter, Fred Clements, Peggy Glover. Annie
McDonald, Edith Glover, Ethel McKernon, Hilda Higginson,
Jessie O'Brien, Betty McCormack, Mary Pelan, Sadie
Scandrett, Stanley Bickerstaff, Tommy Haddock and Damien
Stevenson. Back row: Sammy McRoberts, Hugh Totten,
Willie Matchett, Robbie McNeice, Jimmy Devlin, Andy
Bickerstaff, Dick Clements and Francis Beckett.
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has been an immediate success for a new book which takes a
nostalgic look at the history of the soon to be redeveloped
Ballinderry Primary School.
The book, 'Lower Ballinderry Primary School -
An Educational Journey 1827-1976' by Valerie Higginson, was
launched at the school's Christmas Fair last Saturday, with over
150 copies sold on the first day.
Funds from the book will go directly to the
school's PTA, at Valerie's request.
Valerie commented, "Even though I didn't
benefit financially, it gave me much pleasure to see the book
The book contains many humorous anecdotes
from the school's history, with tales from former pupils of
their antics throughout the 193Os and 4Os, including the mystery
of a missing dog
On the day of the
Coronation - June 2 1953 - there was a
village party. Ready for the fancy dress
competition are Barbara Higginson, Agnes
Higginson, Cynthia McKeown, Margaret
McCosh and Barbara McDonald.
Jumbo who was found by chance and the boy who
became affectionately known as 'Moses' after taking one RE
lesson to heart.
"There is an old country saying 'it takes a
village to rear a child'," said Valerie, "and a glance through
this book will show just how much the life of the village
impacted on the
children who attended Lower Ballinderry
School, from the charms that were used to cure ailments to the
horses and carts bringing the coal from the lighters on the
Lagan Canal to heat the school.
"It was an innocent schooling that Lower
Ballinderry School offered, as many of the antics the pupils got
up to will demonstrate, but a very sound one," Valerie
Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the book
can contact the school office on 9265 1633 or by email: