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Watch vintage footage of Northern Ireland in the 1950s from Portstewart, Ballyclare and Belfast to Bangor

Published 07/12/2015

Previously unseen footage from the archives of the Northern Ireland Tourist board, depicting the country in 1958, have been released by the British Film Institute (BFI).

The footage was produced by the Northern Ireland Tourist board to promote the country as a holiday destination around the world.

From Britain on Film available at BFI Player

In a post-war, pre-Troubles era, the footage documents the Queen Mother's Royal visit, with scores of people lining the streets of Bangor to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty who arrived on a boat.

The 35 minute-long footage then takes the viewer on a nostalgic trip featuring the bartering at the Ballyclare May Fair, the Portstewart Convention and people enjoying a refreshing dip at Bangor's Pickie Pool.

The majority of the footage features the Twelfth of July parades in Belfast and the many thousands taking part and lining the streets.

Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive covers all aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage dating back to 1897.

The British Film Institute has converted the footage so that it can be viewed online as part of its Britain on Film initiative which is working to digitise thousands of reels of archive in order to give them a new lease of life.

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