State of art community centre
A NEW state of the art community centre opened in Suffolk during February 1999.
The Making Belfast Work funded most of the £370,000 used to build the centre in Crananmore Park. The new building replaced the single room temporary site.
The new centre which was opened by the deputy Mayor provided three more jobs for the local area.
Now we can look forward to a new era in Suffolk with a brand new community centre providing a focal point for community activities in and around the estate," said the deputy mayor.
Tesco bring jobs boost
AROUND 200 jobs were created when Tesco opened in Lisburn back in February 1999.
The multi-million, 33,000 square feet store opened at 9.00am on a Monday morning with a grocery store, off licence and fruit department as a metro type outlet.
Large crowds visited the store over the first few days. A spokesperson for Tesco said the store will be a 'new era for shopping in Lisburn'. "It was history in the making when the store opened on Monday morning."
It was seen as an exciting time for shoppers in the Lisburn area when the new store was opened.
Looking back at news from Lisburn's past
This image, taken for the Ulster Star in the early 60s, brings back memories of former schooldays.
Michael can remember the names of some of his former classmates, however, there are others that he cannot place. Included are: John Allen, Sammy Keery, Bill McKinstry, Mr Gilmore and Ginger McCabe. if you know any other names please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor pops first letter into new box
Anew post box was opened in July 1969 by Lisburn Mayor Alderman James Howard.
The Mayor (pictured below) posted the first letter into the new rectangular shaped box which the Post Office claims would be an improvement over the conventional one.
Apart from providing better protection from the bad weather during collection, they claimed it could be emptied in half the time. The Lisburn box was one of 200 introduced around the UK, but Lisburn was one of only three selected in Northern Ireland.
A LOCAL reader has brought back vivid memories of schooldays in Lisburn during the 1960s with this old photograph of a class from Lisnagarvey Boys Secondary School.
Lisburn woman Roberta Mitchell recently returned from a visit to Australia, where she stayed with friends Michael and Joyce Spence.
Michael originally came from Brookhill, Ballinderry and emigrated to Australia in 1973.
He attended Lisnagarvey Boys Secondary and has kept this image from his time at the school.
The photograph was taken for the Ulster Star around 1960/1961 and shows a pair of canoes which were built by the pupils of 4A in their Woodwork class. The canoes were then tested out on the Lagan by some of the pupils.
Michael can remember the names of some of his former classmates, however, there are others that he cannot place. Included are: John Allen, Sammy Keery, Bill McKinstry, Mr Gilmore and Ginger McCabe.
If anyone in this photograph remembers Michael, who can be seen on the far left of the image, and would like to reminisce over the intervening years, he would be delighted to hear from you. Michael's email address is email@example.com
First sod cut at St. Hilda's
THE first sod of a new Church at Dunmurry was cut in July, 1969
by Mrs. Ellis, wife of the Rector of St Colman's Dunmurry
The Church of St. Hilda's in the parish of Kilmakee cost £41,000 and would serve up to 500 families in the Seymour Hill and Conway housing estates.
The old church hall linked up to the new complex. There was seating for 250 planned and work was expected to be completed by the end of 1970.
Plan for lights at friends
SENIOR hockey club Friends Old Boys revealed in 1969 they were
planning to install floodlights.
Officials and players were drawing up a plan for a new lighting system on the all weather pitch at the school.
The Old Boys had been given the go-ahead by the school for the plan.
Club secretary Clifford Thompson told the Star at the time: We would be the first hockey club in Ireland to adopt such a scheme."
The idea stemmed from Irish hockey coach George Glasgow as part of plans to help raise the standard of Irish Hockey.
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