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Harding Memorial Primary School celebrates 100 years

Published 24/01/2014

Staff in 1931
Staff in 1931
1947 Football team
First building opened in 1910 on current site- Dromore Street
John Mitchell pupil in 1925
Mr Moore's retirment 1938- first principal of Harding
Pupils in the playground in 1930's
School outing 1955
Yvette Shapiro
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 19th November 2012 - Picture by Jonathan Porter UTV presenter Yvette Shappiro pictured outside Clements coffee shop on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre.
Hugo Duncan
Hugo Duncan. Legendary Country star and Radio Ulster DJ, the Wee Man from Strabane.
A bouncing baby Stephen Nolan.
A young Stephen Nolan.
Taking off: Paddy Ashdown doing the high jump at Garth House School, Bangor in 1950
An Audience with Paddy Ashdown
Naomi Long: Alliance Party / Belfast Lord Mayor 2009. FAMILY PICTURES.
Naomi Long
Naomi Long: Alliance Party / Belfast Lord Mayor 2009. FAMILY PICTURES.
A young Rory McIlroy on holidays in Alcudia Spain.
That's my boy: Gerry McIlroy with three-year-old Rory
Rory McIlroy sporting a Nike cap aged 7
A portrait of Rory McIlroy in Holywood Colf Club in Co Down.
Rory McIlroy - golfer Rory is the man of the moment after having recently won the US open, his first major. Rory's win has gained him the position in the Official World Golf Ranking to a career high of number four.
Young Alex Higgins front left.jpg
Alex Higgins
Young Alex Higgins front left.jpg
Alex Higgins. Snooker Legend.
Alex Higgins. Snooker Legend. A familiar sights for snooker fans... Irish professional champion Alex Higgins wiping his cue with a towel during last night's title match against Dennis Taylor in the Ulster Hall. Higgins won the first session 7-2 in the 41 frame decider which is being presented by the 'Belfast Telegraph' and Kearney Promotions. (03/02/1978)
Lara and Zoe Salmon
Zoe Salmon
Lara and Zoe Salmon
Zoe Salmon
Zoe Salmon
PACEMAKER BELFAST. Copy pics from the book about the early years of the life of Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw14/11/2011 The Rev Ian Paisley has announced his retirement from preaching after 60 years. Mr Paisley who is 85 started way back in 1946
Pacamaker Archive BelfastRev Ian Paisley Wedding Day28-02-1991168-91-BW
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 Rev Ian Paisley pictured on his weding day to wife Eileen Date unknown
Pictured in Crossgar on 17th March 1951 at the opening of the first Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster are L to R: Jack Gibson, George Hutton, Cecil Harvey, Rev Dr Ian Paisley, William Emerson, Rev George Stears (Minister Pro tem), James Morrison, George K Gibson, William Miscampbell and Hugh James Adams.
PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. The early years of the life of the Rev Ian Paisley. 13/8/86.1197/86/bw
Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after being sworn in as ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembley, Stormont. May 8, 2007.
Daniel O'Donnell
Young Daniel O'Donnel - what's that on top of the gate post?
Daniel O'Donnell: Irish Country Singer 1985
Daniel O'Donnell has said his 'greatest wish' is to appear on Coronation Street
Jimmy Nesbitt and family during the Seventies
Jimmy Nesbitt - the cheeky grin being perfected at a young age
2. James Nesbitt
A young 14 year old Brendan Rodgers (circled) who played for Ballymena United (Northern Ireland) in the 1986 Milk Cup.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
A 14 year old Brendan Rodgers who played for Ballymena United (Northern Ireland) in the 1986 Milk Cup.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Liverpool Mamager Brendan Rodgers looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on December 26, 2012, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Brendan Rodgers (circled) who played for Ballymena United (Northern Ireland) in the 1988 Milk Cup - sporting the shortest shorts in the team .... is Anfield in for a retro wardrobe makeover? PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Brendan Rodgers
NADINE COYLE:Pop Stars Rival singer and member of girl band 'Girls Aloud',FRONT ROW SECOND FROM LEFT - THORNHILL COLLEGE YEAR BOOK 1996-97
Nadine Coyle
A bit grainy but there's no mistaking Nadine Coyle's smile at Thornhill College in 1996
Nadine Coyle
Nadine Coyle
Fresh-faced and with a remarkable career ahead of him - Van Morrison (second from left)
Angry Van Morrison approaches photographer Charles Cochroft, the only photgrapher to capture his arrival at Belfast International Airport. 30/6/1980
Van Morrison
Saddle up - a very young Gerry Adams
gerry adams
Gerry Adams
Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team
Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team
Darren Clarke 1985 in his Junior Ireland Blazer
Darren Clarke 1989
British Open Champion Darren Clarke at his local bar the Bayview Hotel with the Claret Jug
Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team
Eamonn Holmes, not quite in a party mood, at his fourth birthday party.
Eamonn Holmes:Tv Presenter/celebrating his fourth birthday at the family home on New Lodge Road
On ITV's Telethon in 1988. Eamonn stepped in at the last minute when original anchor Gerry Kelly, fell ill.
Eamonn Holmes
George Best pictured with other prefects at Lisnasharragh High School, Belfast, 1961. George is pictured second left, centre row.
George Best, centre, at Lisnasharragh High School in 1961.
FOOTBALL: GEORGE BEST. Football legend George Best with Eric McMordie - pictured in the Belfast Telegraph Sports dept-1961- before leaving to join Manchester Utd.
George Best
Liam Neeson ... can you spot the Ulster schoolboy who was destined for great things? Next picture solves the mystery.
Liam Neeson, pictured during his Ulster schooldays... centre of back row.
Liam Neeson
Hillsborough boys football team, 1970s. Vivan Campbell on bottom right
Vivian Campbell and Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy perform at the Best Buy Theater on March 25, 2011 in New York City.
Lembit Öpik, Liberal Democrats, as a schoolboy. Pictured in 1982 along with other Inst National Essay Winners. He attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (1976-83).
Lembit Opik 2009.
Head girl Christine (17) at Bloomfield Collegiate School
Christine Bleakley
Schoolgirl Christine Bleakley Aged 6.
Christine Bleakley
Pamela Ballantine ... can you spot the Ulster schoolgirl who was destined to make her name on UTV? The mystery is solved later in this gallery.
Pamela Ballantine is pictured centre, front row, at Richmond Lodge School
Pamela Ballantine

It all began.... due to a local need for a larger Church and school Canon Harding approached Lord Arthur Hill about a plot of ground on the Cregagh Road.

The Select Vestry of Willowfield Parish gave its support and the ground was secured. The first building open on the site was Dromore Street Hall on Saturday 25 February 1911 to be used for Divine Worship for Parishioners residing on the South side of the Parish

Willowfield National School No 2 was opened officially on 5 April 1913. The school building consisted of two storeys, with 4 classrooms on each storey. The first Principal was Mr D. Moore

Canon Harding was rector of Willowfield Parish from 1900-1922, his interest in the welfare of children led to his last great work the building of Willowfield No2 after his death in 1922 the school was renamed- Harding Memorial Primary School in his Honour

The current school building remains as a 2 storey building and has 17 classrooms. The school is well equipped for the 21 Century with each pupil having use of an interactive whiteboard in their lessons.

To celebrate our Centenary the school is inviting all past pupils, teachers, friends and local community to join them at the May Fair on Saturday 18 May.


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