By NEIL GREENLEES
The tourists enjoying their carriage tour of
the Isle of Man.
...but we still don't know who the people are
THE old photograph we published of people enjoying an outing
by horse drawn carriage has attracted a lot of interest - and a
theory about where it was taken.
Lisburn carriage restorer Eugene Lackin, who lives at Cross
Lane, identified the vehicle as being one which was peculiar to
the Isle of Man and was used to take visitors on tours of its
Eugene said the carriage was not a landau but a wagonette.
These normally had rear doors but this one was modified to
suit its use as a tourist transport.
Mr. Lackin was also certain the photograph was taken prior to
But while the location in the picture has been established
there's still a mystery over the people enjoying their tour by
In those days a holiday in the Isle of Man would have been
quite an adventure for a Lisburn family involving a five hour
crossing on a vessel belonging to the Isle of Man Steam Packet
It would also have been quite expensive at a time when there
was no paid holiday entitlement so it's likely the family were
reasonably well to do.
The photograph was discovered behind wallpaper by decorators
as they prepared the interior of a house at Wallace Avenue for
its new owners.
It was in an extremely fragile condition with parts missing
and torn edges and was passed to another resident of Wallace
Avenue Miss K Barr who is the sister of the former Rector of
Derriaghy well known local historian Dean Norman Barr.
Dean Barr's wife Florence made a computer scan of the picture
which was then presented to Lisburn Museum. However, to date
no-one has been able to identify anyone in the photograph.
If you can provide any information about the picture please
get in touch with Neil Greenlees at the Ulster Star, telephone
Or you can e-mail