|Noel McMaster pictured at a stone plaque at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage and Visitor’s Centre, on which is inscribed his name and a couple of lines from one of his songs.||Noel McMaster pictured with his father Norman against the backdrop of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.|
The Castlereagh Borough Council summer programme ended with laughter, stories, art and song at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, near Shaw’s Bridge, last Tuesday evening (25th August). Lisburn musician and songwriter Noel McMaster of Bakerloo Junction entertained the audience with a great selection of his songs including ‘My Lagan Softly Flowing’ which topped the local charts in 1978 and also two of his most recent ones ‘Barbour Mill’ and ‘Lisburn Town’, all of which will be featured on Bakerloo Junction’s new CD entitled ‘Last Stop’. Belfast writer Anne Harris opened proceedings with a story entitled ‘Justice’ and resident artist Roy Elmwood sketched throughout the evening. It was a most fitting way end to the diverse summer programme at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage which dating back over 100 years, once housed the man who kept watch over part of Belfast’s canal routes.
|Noel McMaster pictured with his father Norman and aunt Stella Stewart against the backdrop of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.||Moya and Anne Devlin, daughters of the late West Belfast MP Paddy Devlin, pictured with Lisburn musician and songwriter Noel McMaster of Bakerloo Junction who entertained the audience with a great selection of his songs|
|Pat Williams, Catherine O’Reilly and Lillian McFarlane perform the actions while Noel McMaster of Bakerloo Junction sings ‘The fields of Athenry’.||John, Lillian and Margaret McFarlane, Pat McMaster and Peter O’Reilly enjoying the fun at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.|
|Nelson and Pat Williams and some of the audience enjoying the fun at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.||Catherine O’Reilly, Elizabeth Wilson and Moya and Anne Devlin enjoying the fun at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.|
|Appropriately against the backdrop of a large poster of Hilden Mill, former mill worker Eric Scott is questioned about his experiences at the world famous linen thread works as Noel introduces his new song entitled ‘Barbour Mill’ which recalls that 2000 employees walked, cycled and came by bus and train answering the call of the ‘Barbour Mill’ horn.||Bakerloo fan Lillian McFarlane
acts out the motions of pushing a wheel borrow as Noel sings ‘Molly
Malone’ at the Lock Keeper’s Cottage last Tuesday evening (25th