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Bakerloo Junction perform final show at the Ivanhoe Hotel
Noel McMaster and Drew Rowan of Bakerloo Junction and band secretary Catherine O’Reilly pictured at the band’s final show at the Ivanhoe. Included are Mervyn and Sadie Graham who in addition to celebrating Sadie’s retirement after 30 years as Carr Primary School secretary, are looking forward to celebrating 40 years of marriage on Friday 4th July. Noel McMaster and Drew Rowan pictured with Bakerloo fans Shirley Jones, Therese Brannigan and Angela Whiteside. Noel McMaster is pictured saying farewell to Moya Devlin and Artie O’Neill. (Moya is the daughter of the late Paddy Devlin MP, who died in August 1999).
Noel McMaster and Drew Rowan of Bakerloo Junction and band secretary Catherine O’Reilly included are Mervyn and Sadie Graham. Noel McMaster and Drew Rowan pictured with Bakerloo fans Shirley Jones, Therese Brannigan and Angela Whiteside.
 
Noel McMaster is pictured saying farewell to Moya Devlin and Artie O’Neill. (Moya is the daughter of the late Paddy Devlin MP, who died in August 1999).

After playing every Friday evening at the Ivanhoe Hotel, Carryduff for the past 8 years, Noel McMaster and Drew Rowan of Bakerloo Junction, performed their final show on Friday 27th June. Former Lisburn man Noel McMaster, who now lives near Ballinderry, recalled many happy years performing at the local venue and spoke of the great friendships developed and the marriages, birthdays and many other special events that were celebrated over the years since the band was formed in the late 1960s and shot to fame with a song written by Noel entitled ‘My Lagan softly flowing’ which topped the local charts in 1978. Noel looked forward with anticipation to the release of his new CD featuring new songs about Hilden Mill and Bushmills Distillery. In an emotional farewell to Noel and Drew, band secretary Catherine O’Reilly presented them with a cake and read a poem, which she had written for the occasion.

The evening of celebration concluded when the talented local musicians sang, ‘So long, it’s been good to know you’, which was greeted with a rapturous applause and standing ovation to which they sang their final song ‘The Galway Shawl’ which they played on many occasions at the Ivanhoe.

One of the many fans that have enjoyed listening to Bakerloo Junction every Friday evening is Moya Devlin, daughter of the late Paddy Devlin MP, who died in August 1999. Moya, who will greatly miss her Friday night entertainment said, “I have made good friends at the Bakerloo Fan Club; I love to hear Noel sing and it makes me think about my Dad when he sang to us when we were children - this is a happy memory for me”.

Making the evening a triple celebration was Sadie Graham who in addition to celebrating her retirement after 30 years as Carr Primary School secretary, was also looking forward to Friday 4th July, when she and her husband Mervyn will celebrate 40 years of marriage.

Also joining in the evening of celebration are Bakerloo fans John McFarlane and Lillian Nicholson who will marry on Friday 15th August. In an emotional farewell to Bakerloo Junction, band secretary Catherine O’Reilly is pictured reading a poem, which she had written for the occasion. Jonathan McMaster pictured accompanying his father Noel as Bakerloo Junction perform their final show at the Ivanhoe Hotel.
Also joining in the evening of celebration are Bakerloo fans John McFarlane and Lillian Nicholson who will marry on Friday 15th August. In an emotional farewell to Bakerloo Junction, band secretary Catherine O’Reilly is pictured reading a poem, which she had written for the occasion. Jonathan McMaster pictured accompanying his father Noel as Bakerloo Junction perform their final show at the Ivanhoe Hotel.

L to R: Lillian Nicholson, John McFarlane, Pat Williams, Drew Rowan and Noel McMaster (Bakerloo Junction), Peter O’Reilly, Catherine O’Reilly, Pat McMaster and Nelson Williams pictured after Bakerloo’s final show at the Ivanhoe Hotel.

L to R: Lillian Nicholson, John McFarlane, Pat Williams, Drew Rowan and Noel McMaster (Bakerloo Junction), Peter O’Reilly, Catherine O’Reilly, Pat McMaster and Nelson Williams pictured after Bakerloo’s final show at the Ivanhoe Hotel.

Ulster Star
28/06/2008