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THE dangers of lung cancer through smoking were brought home to Lisburn school children in February,. 1958 by a film on the subject which was shown for several days in the Assembly Rooms.

Boys from the Lisnagarvey Intermediate school were the
first to see the film, which included a ten minute shot of an actual lung operation.

The close-up Technicolour shots of the operation proved
too much for some of the boys, many of whom became sick during the showing. Other boys were very upset and unable to eat for some time.
During the showing of the film to other schools later on, the operation scenes were "censored."

Tufty club comes to Largymore

THE official formation of the Tufty Club and Look-out Club took place at Largymore Primary School in February 1969.

The school was the second in Lisburn to officially incorporate road safety training in everyday lessons.

Since the new scheme began in November, teachers had been given the opportunity to use the road safety as the theme for much of their work.

Already 165 children were members of the Look-Out Club for those aged 7-11, whilst 118 younger pupils were members of the Tufty Club.


Looking back at news from Lisburn's past

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This photograph of Lisburn Tech from the 1940s has been kindly left into the Star. Do you recognise any of these faces? Are you in this photo? Does it bring back any memories from your time studying at the school or of old friends? Contact the Star on 92679111 or email

Bug set to strike

IN just under a year people across the globe would be embarking on a celebration virtually unrivalled in history, the- Star reported in January 1999.

On January 1, 2000 the new millennium would be here and some of the most extravagant parties imaginable were already being planned to herald its arrival.
But instead of enjoying themselves, some people were concerned the dawn of the new century could be heralded by a failure of the basics of life.

They were waiting to see if the nightmare scenario - TEOT-WAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) - was to be our fate. For amid the excitement of preparing for the millennium a deadly threat lay waiting and it was a threat of which a lot of people were still blissfully unaware.
It was the 'millennium bug' and it had the potential to wreak destruction on the world's computers and on people's very way of life.

The Star reported that no-one could say for sure what would happen at midnight on December 31 and that in a worst-case scenario, planes could fall from the sky, cash machines could stop dispensing money, whilst super- markets could close and TV's and videos could stop working.

Moira people say 'no' to
Craigavon - but it's 'yes' to Lisburn

Back in November 1966 The Star reported local horse Midnight Star was set to leave for a new life in Canada. Owned by David Brown, a local farmer from Cargycreevy, the horse was bought by Canadian Oswald Fuller while on holiday in Lisburn. It cost £250 to ship Midnight Star from Belfast Docks to Montreal.

RESIDENTS of Moira were 'up in arms' in February 1972 against the Boundaries Commission as they feared that under the reorganisition of the local government system they would be included in a new district centred on Craigavon - and they had a very strong dislike of that prospect.

The revision of the Commission's original proposals had just been released, and alterations included the transfer of the Moira ward to the new local government district centred on Lisburn.

But the remaining three wards of Waringstown, Bleary and Magheralin were staying in the Craigavon district, as in the original proposals of September 1971.

However, the people of all four wards were combined in their fight to be included in the Lisburn district and a petition was being circulated by the local Council in order that the wishes of the majority could be made clear beyond doubt.

It was abundantly clear, the Star reported, from talking to the people in Moira, that they had a genuine fear of being associated in any way with Craigavon.

THERE were bargains in handbags for the ladies at the Belfast Co-Operative in Castle Street in 1958.

They were said to be "verbose" in expressions of their dislike for the new city, but, the report said, it was almost impossible to find one definite reason for the dislike.

One man who understood the feeling of the residents was Rev. William McCombe, minister of Moira Presbyterian Church.

He said: "I don't suppose anyone is dying to get into the Craigavon set-up. There have been clashes of opinion with the Craigavon people on various subjects before."

The Star reported that to the residents of the County Down village, Craigavon was simply a huge impersonal place, and in this lay the roots of their fear. When questioned on the matter they would simply say that they wouldn't "go into Craigavon."

200 jobs created

BUILDING work was due to start soon, the Star reported in February 1958, on a 'very modern' factory on the Moira Road at Knockmore for Messrs. J. Bibby and Sons, which when completed, would provide employment for some 200 men.

Work was due to begin in the next two to three months on the factory, which would have a modem brick office facing the main road.

Rec cup dream over

DUNMURRY Rec's Bass Irish Cup dreams were over after a powerful Distillery display at New Grosvenor in February 1985.

Goals by Ian Hamilton-(15 and 40 mins) and one from Paul Williams (61 mins) booked the Whites' passage into the second round, where they were expected to have a comfortable home tie with Limavady United.

Lights out as swan crashes into wire

THERE was a major blackout in a large area of Lisburn in February 1972 as a swan crashed into a 33,000 volt high tension electricity line in the Hilden area.

The town was plunged into darkness shortly before 5pm, leading business in shops, offices and factories to come to a standstill, with some carrying on with the aid of hurricane lamps, torches and candles.

The swan, which suffered badly burned flight feathers was taken to the USPCA shelter in Belfast.

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