600 workers on strike
IN November 1972, the Star reported that for the past two weeks more than 600 workers at Tilley Lamp Company, Derriaghy, had been on strike and had said that they had no' intention of returning to the company.
The walk-out happened a fortnight before the report on Nov her 4, when a foreman was 'sacked'.
Workers claimed that the foreman was 'sacked' without a sufficient reason and they would not return to work until he was reinstated.
The manager made no comment about the strike.
THE Star reported in 1972 that Lisburn Rural Council had the approval by
the Ministry of Development to buy the Half Moon lake in the Suffolk
area at a cost of £1O;000.
The council would receive a 75 per cent grant towards the cost of the lake.
The lake was an area where there had been extensive housing development and had been the discussion at various council meetings. The latest development meant that the way had opened up for steps to be taken to make the lake safer.
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4 November 2011
Robin McKinney of Harmony Hill, Lisburn brings his TR3 to a halt during one of the final tests in the 1SO0 mile Circuit of Ireland back in April, 1958. The final tests were held at Bangor Castle and McKinney and his navigator Denis Erskine finished sixth.
Road safety prizes for local children
THE Ulster Star reported on November 29 1958 that prizes won by
school children from the Lisburn area in the Road Safety con-
test sponsored by the Ulster Iced Drinks Company, Ltd, bottlers of Coca-Cola, were presented to the winners by Mrs W.A McNeil, wife of Mr McNeil, Lisburn Urban Council's representative on the County Antrim Education Committee, at a ceremony in the Assembly Rooms, Lisburn.
The major prize was a Raleigh space-rider boy's bicycle. It was said that the reception organisers had received from the various school principals and staff had been encouraging and to all who had helped to make the contest a success they offered most sincere thanks. That was the third road safety contest in Northern Ireland and it was said to be one of the best yet. They hoped that those who had not been so successful in the contest had learned a little bit more about road safety Mr McNeil said the children had put up a magnificent show in the in the competition and he did not think they need worry about the future of Ulster when they had such children.
IN 1958, the Ulster Star reported that Independent Television programmes were to be provided in Northern Ireland, subject to contract. by a group under the Chairmanship of the Earl of Antrim.
The announcement of what was to be only the second TV channel was made in November 1958.
The board of directors would include the Earl of Antrim (Chairman), Sir Francis Evans (Deputy Chairman), the Countess of Antrim, Mr H.A.0 Catherwood, Commander Oscar Henderson, Captain O.W.J Henderson, Mr J.P Herdman and many other people.
RENT a 20 inch screen black and white TV for a mere 58p a week - what a bargain back in 1972.
The transmission station was to be built at Black Mountain, near Belfast, and it was planned to begin programming from this station at the end of 1959.
The new transmitter would bring independent television within the reach of 1,000,000 people.
The ITA said that the service area would include practically the whole of Northern Ireland with the exception of Fermanagh, the western parts of the counties of Tyrone and Londonderry, a small part of Co. Down in the Warrenpoint and Kilkeel area and the Antrim coast from Lame to Portrush. The Earl of Antrim was the Vice Lieutenant for Antrim, Sir Francis Evans was the Deputy Chairman of the Northern Ireland Development Council, Mr Catherwood was Chairman of H.A.C. Catherwood and sons, Commander Henderson was a proprietor and management executive of the Belfast Newsletter, Miss Box was the well known film producer and director. Sir Laurence Olivier was the famous actor and producer.
Wrong numbers confuse postmen
IN 1958, it was reported that houses at Belvoir Park, Lisburn, would have to be renumbered to avoid postal confusion.
The Head Postmaster in Lisburn informed Lisburn Urban Council's Public Health Committee that the postal staff experienced difficulty and confusion in effecting deliveries to the houses numbered 1-18 Belvoir Park which were shown in the voters' list as 159 to 193 Longstone Street. It was stated that when permission was given to change the name from Belvoir Terrace to Belvoir Park it had been pointed out that the existing official numbers could Is not be altered. It was agreed to instruct developers to re- number the houses 159 to 193 Longstone Street.
New prison for young offenders
THE Star announced in November 1972 that a new prison for young offenders was to be built at Hydebank wood, near Purdysburn for the Ministry of Home Affairs. The centre which would house up to 300 - would take about four years to complete. It would be situated some distance away from public roads as well as having a screen of trees.
It would be one of the most modern centres of its kind and would contain extensive facilities for further education.
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