John photographing Eamonn Holmes
Peter Wilson (Duke Special) with Dad
at No Alibis Bookshop, Belfast
SPECIALLY commissioned work by a well known
Lisburn photographer has gone on show at an exhibition marking
the 21st anniversary of the charity 'Help the Aged' extending
its work to Northern Ireland.
The unique collection of photographs by John
Harrison of personalities from the province was launched at
Belfast's Ormeau Baths Gallery to celebrate the importance,
diversity and strength of intergenerational relationship to
Rosemary Kelly, Chairman of Help the Aged in
Northern Ireland explained the idea was to show many of the
familiar faces photographed in settings very different to those
in which people are used to seeing them. Referring to a picture
of Ian Paisley she said: "This is no longer the First Minister,
but a doting grandfather in his study with his grandsons."
Rosemary described a picture of Holywood
actor Liam Neeson as "a son visiting home, and out to dinner
with his proud mother. "We hope that, after viewing this
exhibition, people will take time to consider and remember the
contribution older people make to our society."
Liam Neeson said it had "been a pleasure to
be a part of this wonderful exhibition.
"My relationship with my mother is of great
importance to me: she has been a wonderful support throughout my
life," he continued.
"Living quite a distance away, this bond has certainly been
put to the test, but coming home and spending time with my
mother still remains a priority for me."
Zoe Salmon and her mum