Times were bad in Lisburn
Times were bad in Lisburn in 1967 when the Ulster Star reported that
two clocks in the centre of
town has broken down.
It was reported that the "more serious case" was the clock on Christ Church Cathedral, which had jammed with the hands pointing to 12.55.
This clock had been going since 1796 when it was presented by the Marquis of Hertford. It had to be wound' up every day by the Cathedral caretaker.
The Assembly Hail clock, it was said, was not so badly affected. The clock refused to strike the hours and the mechanism was tied up until the Urban Council decided what to do about it.
This clock had been going since 1796 when it was l presented by the Marquis of Hertford. It had to be wound` up every day by the Cathedral caretaker.
The Assembly Hall clock, it was said, was not so badly affected. The clock refused to strike the hours and the mechanism was tied up until the Urban Council decided what to do about it.
'D Day' for new sports complex
IN April 1972 a date was set for a public meeting to discuss plans for a new sports complex in Lisburn.
A meeting was set for April 13 at the Assembly Rooms when resident of the borough were due to discuss plans for the town's ultra-modern sports complex.
In order to give the guiding body an idea of the facilities required the Star published a coupon with a list of indoor ' and outdoor activities and ;I readers were asked to mark the sports which they would l like to see in the town and return the coupon to the Star.
Hillsborough parking protest
FEARS for their businesses prompted traders in Hillsborough to make angry protests over parking restrictions in Lisburn Street.
They claimed that Lisburn Street being part of the main road through the town, passing motorists seeing the `No Waiting' signs will drive on when before they may have stopped.
Many of the traders acknowledged that some form of parking restriction was needed on the busy road, objected to the way in which is was carried out.
Looking back at news from Lisburn's past
23 September 2011
BLAST FR0M THE PAST....An Ulster Star reader left this old photograph with us from days gone by, featuring the Lambeg Bleachers & Dyers, the winners of the IFA Junior Challenge Cup in the 1939/40 season. Back row: Norman Hull, Jim McCord, Joe Turner, C. Mulholland, Jim Maguire, J. Pedlow, T. Harvey. Middle row: Bobby McCabe, T. Robinson, S. Johnston, John Maddison (Captain), Jim Mulholland, Jim Fleming, Phoenix McCurley, Walter Bruce. Front row: Johnny McCabe, Sammy Rainey, D. Johnston, J. McCord, B. Lannigan, Sam Buchanan and T. Totten.
Council calls in schoolboy to help solve a problem
The Council decided to turn to local schoolboy David Donnell to help them to find a suitable site in Lisburn for a play area for young people.
The Council's request came following a meeting at which members considered a plea from David for facilities to play football.
David, who attended Lisnagarvey Boys Secondary School, presented the Council with 143 signatures supporting his plea.
And in an accompanying letter he called on the Council to provide a park 'to keep children off the road'.
Chairman Mr John Gilchrist said he did not know of any land in the area that would be suitable but suggested that the Council ask David to help out. His colleagues agreed.
Mr Walter Groves pointed out that a similar request had been made by Derryvolgie Parish the previous year.
Multi-storey car park on the cards
MULTI-STOREY car parks are a feature in every town and city now. But in 1985 Lisburn was looking forward to having its first multi-storey car park in the town centre.
According to the Star the Chamber of Commerce was working on turning the "dream" of a multi-storey car park into reality.
Graham Gardens was earmarked as a possible site for the new car park and the Chamber of Commerce decided to launch a campaign aimed at "stirring the DOE into action."
ON March 5, 1966 the Ulster Star expressed its outrage over revelations that books in local libraries were being censored and destroyed.
Launching a high profile campaign, the Star reported: "Books available to users of Antrim County Library branches are subject to censorship. That is the shocking news following an Ulster Star investigation into the activities of a nine-strong sub committee which is empowered to decide what is morally suitable reading for ADULT patrons of the libraries."
The paper continued: "On the say-so of as few as two sub committee members, a book is not merely banned but destroyed.
"Few ratepayers in the county are aware that as many as a dozen copies of a single work have been placed in the 'ban and destroy' category by the Book Selection Committee of the Antrim County Library Committee. "
The Star went on to describe the censorship process and named a long list of books that were listed in category A - the strict censorship list, which the recommendation that books in this category are destroyed.
Books featured on the Category A list included #Clochmerle-les-bains' by Chevalier, Henry Miller's 'Tropic of Capricorn', and The Perfumed garden of Shaykh Nefzawi'.
The Star also contacted the publishers of books which appeared on the list, asking for further information on the books.
Five of the books, including 'No End to the Way, Honey on the Moon and 'The Summer Ghosts', were extensively examined in the paper.
In a double page centre spread, entitled 'The Books They Banned', the Star included an 'Opinion' piece. "The 'Star' says bluntly this censorship is wrong," it reported.
"It should never have been introduced in the first place.
"It should not have continued for so long. It should be stopped forthwith."
The piece concluded: "From the ratepayers of County Antrim, to those who feel they have the right to tell library users what to read, the Ulster Star asks one question: 'JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?'.
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