Braidwater spinning at Ballymena, these workers are spreading tow. 15/11/1945
Mrs NW Bass (right), drops the flag for Paddy Hopkirk and co-driver Terry Harryman in their Mini-cooper 'S', to leave the ramp at the start of the Circuit of Ireland International rally at Ballymena. 9/4/1966
Mr Dickson Graham, butcher, Lower Mill Street, Ballymena (at rear) and helpers starting out on the Whaupstown Road at Maxwells walls on a trek through the fields to feed cattle on his farm. 13/2/1963.
Flamingo Ballroom, Ballymena. 1965
Swordsman Neil Hamilton strikes a pose before joining his Lodge Crumkill LOL 543 for the big parade through Ballymena. 1988
The Queen. NI visit 1953. Walking to Ballymena Station. (July 1953) Queen Elizabeth. Visit. Coronation
It was a family affair as Mr. Ken Thompson of Queen Street, Ballymena and his son Darren (8) and daughter Lisa (4) stepped out with the Ballykeel LOL 472 flute band. July 1988.
Ballymena: Broadway Junction. 28/5/1963
Flamingo Ballroom, Ballymena. Teenagers on the dancefloor. 5/5/1965
Dunnygarron LOL 960 step out through the streets of Ballymena. July 1988.
Braidwater spinning at Ballymena, a hackling machine operator seperates flax into tow and line. 15/11/1945
Billy Robinson, from Galgorm, leads three Lambeg drums of Galgorm LOL 239 at Ballymena. 12th July 1989.
The Queen, Elizabeth 11. 1953. Coronation Year visit.When the Queen and the Duke visited Ballymena it was a very big moment for this little girl, nine-year-old Eileen Roberta Sinpson, the daughter of the then Town Clerk, Mr John Simpson. 3/7/1953
A member of LOL 922 replaces his bowler after passing underneath the Queen's Street arch in Ballymena. July 1988.
The Ballymena Academy team of Dawn Alexander (left), Julie Edgar, and Alison Cinningham who won the Northern Ireland Divisional Final of the United Kingdom Federation of Business and Professional Women's public speaking competition. They represent Northern Ireland in the national finals in London on November 29th, 1980.
Bessie McCrea (left) County Grand Chaplain, and Mary Livingston, Worshipful Mistress, of the Sister Turtle Memorial, Ballymena W.L.O.L. 14 at the Ballymena parade. July 1988.
The early morning fall of snow on Friday made a pretty winter scene on the Larne-Ballymena road. But it caused trouble for motorists. However, snow ploughs were out to clear the roads. (29/01/1976)
Pipers Billy Robinson and John McClean accompany the Lambeg Drums as they march with Galgorm LOL 239 through Ballymena. July 1988.
Side drummers with the Pride of the Maine flute band, Galgorm, Ballymena, step out as they pass Belfast City Hall, during the parade to the field at Edenderry. July 1988.
British Steel could do worse than employ the six teenagers from Ballymena Academy who amassed a staggering £11m. profit to win the Ulster Bank annual school's management game. Last year the Academy finished in third place in the Northern Ireland finals but this year the sixth formers out-managed 64 teams throughout the province to win £120 for the school and a place in the All-Ireland final. Pictured are: David Tedford (left), David Long, Stephen Kirk, Micheale O'Connell, Mathew Brown and Stephen Boyd.
Ballymena parade. July 1987.
Ballymena Academy team which won the Northern Bank Schools Cricket final at Muckamore. Front row (from left), Richard Bill, Stephen McBurney, John Glass (captain), Stephen Surgeoner, Paul Rainey and Jonathan Kennedy. Back row (from left), David Kennedy, Carl Williams, Mark Hamilton, David Berkley, Michael Glass, Mark McGladdery, Mark Dunlop and Clive Jackson, teacher in charge.
Thousands of Orangemen paraded through the streets of Ballymena in protest against the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Among the leading contingent from Co. Antrim District was the Rev. Martin Smyth, Grand Master of Ireland. July 1987
Ballymena Academy First XI cricket team. Back row from left: L. Bell, B. McKendry, D. Beattie, J. Colwell, G. McKendry, B. Rhodes and D. Gibson. Front row: D. Harkin, C. Dick A. McKee, J. Ireland (captain), A. Finlay and A. Smith, 1983.
Ballymena Parade. July 1987
Snow Scenes. 1950's/60's. Traffic manages to flow freely on Shane's Hill, between Larne and Ballymena, despite the heavy falls of snow. (07/12/1967)
Taking part in the Ballymena parade were Mr. Frederick McKay (left) and Mr. John Holden of Tullygarley LOL 473. July 1988.
Sheep search for grass on Shane's Hill beside the Ballymena-Larne road during a snowstorm to-day. (15/02/1966)
Five-year-old Hayley Miller from Larne Road, Ballymena keeps time with the bands on her drum. July 1987
Feeding ducks at Ballymena. 2/1/1961
Showing off their gaily decorated Deacon Poles were (from left): Mr. Joe Donaghy and Mr. John Bell of Ballymena LOL 278 Christian Crusaders. July 1987
A public speaking team from Ballymena Academy from left: Alison Cunningham, Julie Edgar and Dawn Alexander, who won the Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Club annual public speaking competition held in Magee University College, being congratulated by Miss Angus Clarke, president of the club. Included is Miss Heaster Sterritt, competition organiser. The team will now go forward to the Northern Ireland divisional finals in Belfast, 1980.
Members of the victorious Ballymena Academy team with the Schools' Cup after beating Belfast Royal Academy in the final at Ravenhill, 1972.
Cattle grazing on Shane's Hill, between Larne and Ballymena, wander the snow covered land in search of fodder. (07/12/1967)
A father and son duo who stepped out at the Ballymena Twelfth parade were Mr. William Gordon, Worshipful Master of Slatt LOL 475 and Stephen (8). July 1987.
The Schools' Cup is held aloft in front of cheering supporters by Balltmena Academy captain, Montgomery, after defeating Belfast Royal Academy in the final at Ravenhill, Belfast, 1971.
A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
Over the years the Ballymena Academy Old Pupils have played the school at a variety of games, including hockey, rugby and cross-country. This year for the first times they met at badminton in a special challenge match in the school gym, 1974.
Schools Cup Final, 1970.
Ballymena Academy new building, 1968
Bus stranded, Shane's Hill, Larne to Ballymena Rd, 30/11/1965
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The Ballymena Academy captain Adrian Goodrich is carried shoulder high by his team mates after they had won the Medallion Shield by defeating Methodist College in the final at Ballyclare, 1970.
Ballymena's famous Academy, 1965
The Governor, Lord Eskine, discussing a physics experiment with Mr. G. McCullough during a tour of the classrooms after opening Ballymena Academy new premises. Also in the picture are (from left), Mr. W. H. Mol, headmaster; Alderman J. B. Millar, Major of Ballymena, and Captain William Long, Minister of Education, 1968.
A view of the rear of the Ballymena Academy from the hockey playing fields, 1968.
Mr. William Livingstone, head of the music department of Ballymena Academy giving a final briefing to other members of the orchestra, 1973.
Ballymena Academy- 1965
The victorious Ballymena team who beat Ballyclare in the final of the Town's Cup at Ravenhill.
Ballymena Academy players clamour for the ball after a line-out during the Schools' Cup-final against Belfast Boys' Model School, at Ravenhill, 1971.
Mr. Tom Greenwood (centre back row), with the Ballymena Academy girls' choir who took part in "A cermony of carols," at the musical concert held in the school assembly hall, 1971.
Queen Elizabeth:Coronation 1953/Visit to Northern Ireland. In Ballymena.
Enjoying a glass of coke at the Mid Antrim Hunt Club's centenary celebrations are (from left) Diane Hamilton,Greystones, Brocklamount, Ballymena; Helen Bamber, Galgorm; Fiona Bamber, Finaghy Park Central, Belfast; Tracey Williams, Ardvernis, Cullbackey and Jane Henry, Castle Street, Ballymena. 16/1/1975
The victorious Ballymena rugby team who defeated Bangor in the final of the Digital Senior League match at Ravenhill. 1/5/1986
Keeping cool at a Spanish beach bar are Jim Nixon and Sam Workman, both from Ballymena, during the 1982 World Cup.
Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
Willie John McBride, captain of Ballymena, holds the Ulster Senior Cup after his team defeated North in the final by 14-4 at Ravenhill. 23/4/1977
Ballymena Academy supporters show their confidence before boarding the train for Belfast to cheer on their team. 17/3/1981
Ballymena Academy players (from left) David Watson, Mark Dick and William McCullough show off their hard-earned schools cup medals after yesterday's decider at Ravenhill. 17/3/1981
The victorious Ballymena Academy team in jubilant mood after beating Bangor Grammar School in the Schools' Cup final. 17/3/1981
The name of the town Ballymena comes from the Irish Gaelic "An Baile Meadhonach" meaning "middle townland."
Ballymena is an area rich in history; you'll notice many ancient buildings, churches and historical sites in the town and surrounding villages of Gracehill, Cullybackey, Kells and Portglenone. The first recorded history of this area dates to the early Christian period between 5th-7th centuries; however archaeologists have uncovered artifacts which are reputed to date from the Bronze Age.
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The town of Ballymena is built on land given to the Adair family by King Charles 1 in 1626, on provision that the town holds two annual fairs and a free Saturday market perpetuity. Almost four hundred years on, the town upholds its promise; the Saturday market still runs and for two days in June, the town's Ballymena Showgrounds plays host to one of the largest agricultural shows in Ireland.
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The Belfast Telegraph takes a stroll down Memory Lane with a visit to Ballymena.