'Roads in worst state'
IN May 1999 the condition of Lisburn 's roads was worse than any time in the last 20 years according to local councillors.
Speaking at a meeting, councillors said that unless the DoE Roads Service changed their policy on improvements serious accidents could result. Old Hillsborough Road, Gregg Street and the Ballyskeagh Road were highlighted.
No to Linfield speculation
In May 1999 there was speculation Tommy Wright would be going to
Some thought the Man City and former Linfield keeper would be a target for David Jeffrey. But Mr Jeffrey said: "I can state clearly that Tommy will not be signing for LinfieId."
Leading fashion shop set to open in town
IN May 1985 the final stages in the building of Lisburn's newest ladies and gents fashion shop were being carried out and owners were optimistic that the doors to the new shop would open to the public in June.
Top Shop, who already had a branch in Belfast which attracted fashion conscious young people from all over the Province, would be opening up their Lisburn branch on Bow Street.
Looking back at news from Lisburn's past
This picture was taken back in 1998 at the old Hillsborough Primary School when pupils got an introduction to bowling from local coach Winston Scott.
Extra security at new E34m prison
In May 1985 it was reported that the new Maghaberry Prison was to cost £34 million and would be capable of holding high risk prisoners.
The Maghberry prison was to have accommodation for 450 prisoners, with a maximum of 56 in the female section.
Government Minister Nicholas Scott said that the higher risk prisoners would not be located at Maghaberry in concentrations. And he also gave assurances there would be a high level of security.
A 17 foot high wire mesh fence surrounded the entire complex and the perimeter security of the female prison was upgraded.
Existing closed circuit television was enhanced and security in the main blocks of the male prison would also be strengthened.
The Prisons minister pointed out that some of the measures were similar to those taken at the Maze following recommendations in the Hennessey Report. On cost Mr Scott said the £34 million, given the extra security work undertaken, compared favourably with original estimates.
IN May 1999 the staff and pupils of Moira Primary School were treated to a special royal visit when Princess Anne performed the official opening of the new school building.
The Princess Royal was whisked in by Royal helicopter to perform the historic duty as the school looked on.
The Princess chatted away with staff and pupils and was suitably impressed with the school's modern facilities as she was given a tour around the new state of the art building. The staff and children were excited by the visit.
School Principal Stanley Vennard said the day had been a great success and praised Princess Anne for the way she took an active interest in the school and its pupils.
P7 pupil Rebecca Law received a very special treat when she was chosen to present the Princess with flowers on her arrival in the village.
The Chairman of the primary school's Board of Governors and Lisburn Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jim Dillon, also attended the opening ceremony.
Mr Dillon saluted the work of the Principal as he underlined how far the school had come inside the last 25 years. He said: "The standards have improved through the years under the superb leadership of the principal Stanley Vennard which has led to considerable academic achievement by the pupils."
Plans to twin Moira
THERE were plans in May 1999 to twin Moira with a village in
MP Jeffrey Donaldson was hoping to establish economic and cultural links between his home town of Moira and its namesake in north west Leicestershire.
Striker's hat trick
In May 1999 Former Distillery Striker Winston Armstrong was still
banging in the goals and helped steer Broomhedge into the final of
the Mid Ulster Beckett Cup at Banbridge Town FC.
The local man struck a hat trick as Broomhedge defeated Scarva 4-1. Armstrong took his tally to 23 in the season,
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