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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Old Bangor pictures - from Belfast Telegraph archives

Steam Locomotives (Trains). The steam- hauled passenger train that chugged away from No.1 platform in Bangor last night marked the end of an era. It was the last train to travel along the Belfast Central line, linking the Belfast-Bangor track and the one to Portadown. The train was given a civic send-off from Bangor by Alderman Charles Milligan (THIRD FROM RIGHT) who waved the guard's flag. Driver of the train was Mr Eamonn O'Hara, of Finaghy Road North, Belfast.
Bangor from Pickie Pool 19 March 1959
Boston party: Bangor captain Don Whittle celebrates with the rest of his team at winning the Smithwick's Boston Floodlit Cup earlier this week. Bangor beat Malone 20-6 at Upritchard Park to earn the trophy for the 11th time in its history, and now go on to meet Old Belvedere in the All-Ireland Floodlit Challenge on February 19. Included is Smithwick's marketing manager Les Fryer (right). 02/01/1993
Boston party: Bangor captain Don Whittle celebrates with the rest of his team at winning the Smithwick's Boston Floodlit Cup earlier this week. Bangor beat Malone 20-6 at Upritchard Park to earn the trophy for the 11th time in its history, and now go on to meet Old Belvedere in the All-Ireland Floodlit Challenge on February 19. Included is Smithwick's marketing manager Les Fryer (right). 02/01/1993

The name Bangor is derived from the Irish word Beannchar. The Belfast Telegraph takes a stroll down Memory Lane with a visit to old Bangor

The town was originally called "Inver Beg" after the (now culverted) stream which ran past the abbey. The name Bangor is derived from the Irish word Beannchar (archaically Beannchor, as seen on the town crest) meaning a horned or peaked curve or perhaps a staked enclosure, as the shape of Bangor Bay resembles the horns of a bull. It may also be linked to Beanna, Irish for cliffs.

Bangor has a long and varied history, from the Bronze Age people whose swords were discovered in 1949 or the Viking burial found on the Ballyholme beach, to the Victorian pleasure seekers who travelled on the new railway from Belfast to take in the sea air.

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The town has been the site of a monastery renowned throughout Europe for its learning and scholarship, the victim of violent Viking raids in the 8th and 9th centuries, and the new home of Scottish and English planters during the Plantation of Ulster.

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The town has prospered as an important port, a centre of cotton production, and a Victorian and Edwardian holiday resort. Today it is a large retail centre and a commuter town for Belfast, though the remnants of the town's varied past still shape its modern form.

 

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