Bomb attack on the Police Station
TWO Police Constables were I taken to hospital following a bomb attack at Lisburn Police Station.
The bomb exploded just after lam, shattering windows in the police station as well as causing damage to about 1 4 other premises in the street, including the Town Hall next door, the Lisburn Technical College and the Convent.
It was believed that police could have sustained serious injuries had the building not evacuated. One officer eyed from a back injury shock and another suspected lacerations to his hand and arm from flying glass.
Lisburn the 'hub' of new area
LISBURN was set to become the 'hub' of a thriving new area with its own district council comprising a representative from each of the proposed 21 wards, under plans recommended in the Boundary Commissioner's report.
The plan for a 'greater Lisburn' would see the town become the centre of one of the largest local Government groupings in NI, stretching to Dunmurry, Moira, Dundrod and Dromara.
The population would be an estimated 68,000' under the scheme.
Looking back at news from Lisburn's past
16 September 2011
Helicopter parking only
'Teddy Boys' clash in street brawl
NO it isn't a scene from the movie Grease, but rather the Ulster Star in 1958 reported that a fight broke out between 'Teddy Boys' outside Lisburn Railway Station.
The incident was reported after those involved were brought before Lisburn Petty Sessions. It was heard that during the fight a youth was kicked whilst lying on the ground and another was chased along the road.
Three youths were charged with unlawfully assaulting and beating a youth and with disorderly behaviour.
The victim said he had been walking along Bachelor's Walk towards the railway station at 10.45pm with another man when he met the perpetrators. He greeted the group, one of whom said he had heard the victim and his friends were "going to kick his head in".
The victim said "that's not true," he was grabbed by the jacket and swiped at.
The victim recalled: "I 'juked' it and he caught the other fellow in the face." The other man then ran away, whist the victim was set upon.
Two of the perpetrators were bound over for two years for the sum of £10.
Here's an old photograph which was on display on European Heritage Open Day in Lisburn Cathedral on Saturday. It was taken in 1929 of the one hundred and two men of the Blble Class which was developed under the ministry of Canon JS Taylor, who was rector of Lisburn Cathedral from 1924 to 1950.
THERE were some 'crazy' going's on being reported in The Star in September 1969.
Local people were shocked to discover a reserved parking space in the car park of the town's largest supermarket, Crazy Prices - because it was reserved for helicopters!
THOSE WERE THE DAYS...A local reader has brought this old snap to our attention. Members of the newly former Lisburn Pipe Band shortly after the end of the Second World War proudly display their band uniforms, which were painstakingly made by family members. Included is David Reid jnr (left) and one of the Tenor Drummers from the band. At this time Lisburn Pipe Band was just forming and were trying to get going, which they succeeded in doing. The band had around 12 pipers, tenor drummers and side drummers at this time. If you have any information on the band please contact the Star at email@example.com or telephone 92679111.
The manager of the store, which stood on the site now occupied by Bow Street Mall, was adamant that the sign, which read This area reserved for Helicopter landings', was no gimmick.
He said: "We don't rule out the possibility of a customer dropping out of the sky in his own private helicopter.
"For what other reason would we have provided the space?"
The manager of the Bow Street supermarket went on: "We pride ourselves in being one of the most futuristic firms in Britain. The day may not be too distant when helicopters will be dropping in on us.
And when they do, we might as well be prepared."
So remember, the next time you go shopping: Shopping list, check. Money, check. Helicopter...
Still on the shopping theme, with just 81 shopping days to Christmas, The Star on September 20 1969, was reporting that Lisburn would have festive cheer in the town after all.
The town's lights had been under threat, with rising costs and the electricity bill looking set to cause the plug to be pulled on Lisburn's colourful display.
Four months before, the future of Christmas lighting was in doubt after the Brighter Lisburn Committee, decided that even with the council's £300 grant, the cost of lighting up for the festive season was going to be too great.
However, local response showed that Lisburn's residents preferred shopping in a more colourful atmosphere and even offered to contribute a few shillings themselves!
In the end it was decided the scheme would go ahead, even if the lights were on for a shorter time.
How about this little gadget for taping and recording all your favourite music? For sale at 39 guineas it was state of the art back in 1958. How times have changed.
Doctor's no to night work
MEDICAL Staff at the Lagan Valley Hospital were no longer take on the extra duty of manning the casualty department at night.
The Chairman of the Medical staff confirmed the news at a Hospital Management Committee meeting.
The Hospitals Authority had said that '24 hour emergency cover should exist there.' However, it was confirmed staff were no longer prepared to do night work on top of a normal day's work. Staff would cease to man casualty after 6pm.
Women take part in 'Driver of the Year'
LISBURN'S women "compared favourably when they tried theirs at the Lisburn Road Safety Committee's" Lisburn Driver of the Year Festival 1971'.
Fourteen female entrants took on. the 21 mile challenge. According to organisers, they "compared favourable with the male entrants. In fact their wasn't a great deal of difference in the overall scores."
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