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By Paul Carson

Published 04/06/2010

The Larne mail float makes it's debut with postman Lyce Armour at the controls. 20/10/1959
The Larne mail float makes it's debut with postman Lyce Armour at the controls. 20/10/1959
Still going strong after 15,000 miles and 15 years of delivering mail around Larne. This 'Mail Float' is given an anniversary airing by Gerry McToal, a Larne postman. October 1974
Postman Samuel Bell sorts out parcels in "Heartbreak Corner," where presents which are not properly packed are salvaged if possible. 16/12/1964
Post office unclaimed lost property ranging from watches, clothing, cultery to a vacumn cleaner came under the auctioneers hammer at JD Nicholl and Co, Bedford Street, Belfast. Here Mr Patrick Notron, mart manager checks over two of the clocks in the sale. 5/10/1976
Sub-postmistress Miss Lillie McDowell (left) with Perky and assistant Mrs Annie Castles in the Crumlin Road Courthouse Post Office which is closing down. 10/7/1970
Postmen Harold Gwynne (left) and Bill Robinson wearing the new white plastic coats which may be issued shortly to all postmen. 13/2/1969
A new delivery trolley - derived from the golfer's trolley - is now on trial in some post offices in Northern Ireland. Here postman James Stubbs, of Portadown, is delivering mail in Joseph Street. 17/1/1968
Postman Sam Davison uses peddle power to get his rounds done. 4/2/1976
The Larne mail float makes it's debut with postman Lyce Armour at the controls. 20/10/1959
Mr Thomas Lloyd has been a postman for 23 years. Mr Lloyd, who delivers letters in the Crossmaglen area, is back to riding a bike after 13 years of driving vans. 7/1/1972
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Strangford Lough Gallery
Looking like a piece of modern sculpture, the wreck of an old boat lies embedded on a lonely stretch of beach at Strangford Lough. 14/4/1967
Portaferry boys at St.Patricks High School, Downpatrick, crossing Strangford Lough on the ferry 'Jacqueline'. 1/9/1969
Tom McKeating, of Cuan Avenue, Portaferry, a former fisherman, runs an expert eye over the local fishermen's lobster pots before they are placed in Strangford Lough. 4/11/1977
Shore Street, Portaferry, where work has started on the controversial promenade. 13.4.1962
Portaferry, which up till now has been served by small boat ferries which take only passengers, prepares for the new 250 ton £100,000 ferry capable of carrying lorries, buses, cars now being built at Cork. 14/1/1969
Strangford Village, 1950s
It's a job with a beautiful view for stonemasons Mr Cecil McGaffin (left), from Newry and Mr Ton Campbell, from Hillsborough, who have the task of repointing the stonework 50 feet above sea level of the ruins of Sketrick Castle, near Whiterock, on the shore of Strangford Lough. 1 7/6/1976
Boats of all shapes and sizes left high and dry by the outgoing tide on a quiet estuary of Strangford Lough, near Comber, Co.Down. 25/4/1967
Two fishermen wait patiently for the ferryboat to pass by before casting, at the harbour at Strangford. 9/10/1968
A tranquil scene at Strangford as the ferryboat makes its way across to Portaferry. 18/10/1968
Every trip the McLoughlin family, of Rosebrey gardens, Belfast, make is strictly for the birds. Nineteen-year-old Jim has caught the family bird-watching bug. Our picture shows the family on a typical "spotting" expidition to Strangford. 18/4/1973
Portaferry - Harvest , 1950s
Portaferry, 1950s
Strangford Lough from Killinchy, 1920s
Portaferry, 1950s
Sandbags provide little protection from the flooding in Campsie Road, Omagh and from this we can see too keep dry a lift is the order of the day. 22/11/1969
Operation dry feet in Omagh, as 3 ton Army trucks are used to rescue residents from the flooded streets. 24/11/1969
The scene at the car park and Bus station in Omagh during the flooding. A small row boat at keeps its passengers dry. 24/11/1969
Saturation in Campsie Road, Omagh, after the River Strule burst its banks and flooded parts of the town to a depth of several feet. 24/11/1969
Youngsters living near the carpark in Omagh salvage musicial instruments from flooded homes. 24/11/1969
Omagh Potato Market. 31/10/1935
Furniture piled outside the terraced houses in Campsie Cresent, a grim reminder of the floods which hit Omagh at the weekend. 23/11/1969
Stranded in the floods, vechicles in Omagh lie abandoned as the River Strule streams through the town. 24/11/1969
A lone figure clings to railing near the Fire Station at Omagh as he tries to negotiate the flooding. 22/11/1969
A family soak up this scenic view of Omagh. 8/10/1932
A typical street scene in the busy town of Omagh. 8/10/1964
Mrs May Vance, a volunteer for Omagh Welfare Committee, helps dish-out hot stew from the boot of her car for the hard hit residents of Campsie Cresent, Omagh, after flooding swamped their homes. 24/11/1969
Bicycle retailer Jimmy McGarvey epitomises the 'business as usual' spirit by offering what remains of his stock for sale on the street outside his burnt-out premises. 9/5/1974
The burnt out remains of the Smithfield shopping complex. 8/5/1974
Early stages in the erection of prefabricated buildings for the new Smithfield. 27/8/1975
Eric Lauro with a painting of how the old Smithfield market looked. 17/7/1987
Five men with over 300 years between them and their forebears trading in Belfast's Old Smithfield market will return to the rebuilt landmark for its official opening. From left, displaying their wares are Noel Havlin (keys), Paddy O'Neill (furniture), Michael McQuillan (Hall of Music) Bobby Shearer (hardware) and Jackie Segerdahl (locks and tools). 8/5/1975
Firemen tackle the blaze at Havlin's, a fire caused by incendiary bombs that reduced the 200-year-old Smithfield market to ash. 10/5/1974
Some of the former traders in the Smithfield market pictured this morning at the site of the new market as construction work proceeds. From Left, Mr Joseph Kavanagh, Mr Michael McQuillan, Treasurer of the Smithfield Traders Assoc. and Mr Raymond Havlin. 29/4/1975
There's no doubt about it. When you're spending all day working out in the cold, you've got to be well protected. And Maureen and Peggy Deacon found the answer - hugh polythene bags. The two sell fruit and vegtables from barrows at Smithfield. 18/1/1971
Smithfield, the mecca for thousands of bargain hunters every week, is given a face-lift by Belfast Corporation painters, Mr Hill Thompson (left), of Taylors Street, and Mr David McLaron, of Ross Street. 13/3/1968
Firemen help with the clean-up after the fire at the Smithfield shops. 9/5/1974
Members of the North Down Harriers make their way back over the Dundonald hills after a pre-hunt season gallop to get their horses fit for the first hunt. 3/10/1975
Master of the Hunt Roy Logan recieves the traditional "stirrup-cup" toast before the start of the Hunt Ball meet at Corr's Corner. In the background is huntsman Eric Robinson. 16/1/1973
Major Robin Morton handing out a toast to master of the hunt Roddy Bamber and huntsman Billy Walkinshaw before they set off on a chase. 16/1/1975
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
Lynda Prentice (10), from Ballinderry, Lisburn, was one of the youngest riders to take part in the East Antrim Hunt. The meet started from Templepatrick, to cover the Ballyrobert area. Lynda is a pupil at Richmond Lodge School, Malone Road, Belfast. 10/2/1976
Tally Ho! It's James McClelland, of Portrush, all set for yet another hunt, this time at Drenagh Estate, on the outskirts of Limavady. This long-time huntsman has been pursuing the sport for well over 30 years and still turns out at hunts an average of twice weekly. At Drenagh he had the privilege of leading the hunt. 15/11/1975
Terence Grainger reckons that 65 years is long enough to follow the beagle hounds on foot. However, instead of a horse, Mr Grainger keeps up with the pack by bicycle on a hunt near his home at the Grangefield, Craigavad. The 76-year-old former master of Sunnyland hounds is accompained by the present master, Mr Richard parsons. 23/12/1976
Mr Hugh McIlveen, of baordmills, Co.Down, prepares to move off from the East Antrim Hunt's meet at Whitepark Equestrian Centre, Ballyclare. About to mount are his daughter Sara (left) and Brenda Love, Upper Malone, belfast. 13/1/1975
Christopher Greenwood, huntsman of the North Down harriers, brings in the hounds after the day's hunt. It is Christophers job to look after the 47-strong pack and a dozen puppies. 22/11/1972
Mr Bryson Sterling, joint master of the East Antrim Hounds, recieves a stirrup cup from Mrs Margaret Wilson as other members of the hunt gather in the stable yard of the Wilson farm at Ballyrobert Road, Ballyclare, before following another scent during the club's outing. 3/1/1975
The Pommern, one of the Tallships at Donaghadee enroute to Belfast in 1935
The Herzogin Cecile, one of the Tallships at Donaghadee enroute to Belfast in 1935
The Killoran, one of the Tallships at Donaghadee enroute to Belfast in 1935
The Mozart, one of the Tallships at Donaghadee enroute to Belfast in 1935
The Archibald Russell, one of the Tallships at Donaghadee enroute to Belfast in 1935
BEA workmen arranging freight in a large shed which was used to store the extra cargo at Aldergrove Airport. 30/5/1966
Luggage goes round... The most recent addition to the unloading equipment at Belfast Airport was the 26ft diameter carousel which accommodates the baggage of 100 passengers instead of the usual 30. 21/12/1965
Alderman I Baxter, Deputh Mayor of Newtownards, unveils a plaque which is a replica of the Coat of Arms of the Borough of newtownards. It took place in the main hall of Belfast Airport, also in the photograph is Mr H P Finch, OBE, Airport Commandant. 15/1/1954
Mr Ronnie McDowell, BKS traffic controller at Aldergrove, chalks up the notice on a blackboard for passengers during the strike at Aldergrove Airport. 20/1/1969
Passengers kill time at Aldergrove... Passengers waiting in the departure lounge at Aldergrove Airport as weather conditions caused delays on flights. 28/12/1965
Unloading a BEA Vanguard aircraft at Aldergrove Airport. 6/3/1968
A very basic Aldergrove Airport. 3/4/1928
Crowds gather for a family day at Aldergrove Airport, inspecting those marvelous biplane's on display. 25/5/1934
Passengers 'lounge around' at airport... The main lounge at Aldergrove after flights were delayed because of low cloud. 28/11/1968
Waiting for your fight is one big yawn- especially when you're too young to read a book. Delays at Aldergrove lasting up to four hours due to traffic control assistants indurtrial action. 24/8/1977
A Ceremony was held at aldergrove Airport to mark the transfer of control from the Department of Trade and Industry to Northern Ireland Airports Ltd. Here the secretary of State for Trade and Indusrty Mr John Davies hands the airport licence to Prime minister mt Brian Faulkner. 18/6/1971
Hundreds of people cram round the information desks at Aldergrove airport, after delays and cancellation of flights owing to fog. 4/1/1971
Their long wait ends - passengers leave the airport by a side road after a bomb alert at Aldergrove. 15/9/1973
Airline officials take away hand luggage from passengers on some flights leaving Aldergrove during the security clampdown. 12/9/1970
The only wheelchair competitor, John Walls, from Belfast, gets some encouragement from a supporter. 8/5/1984
How...! A Red Indian, complete with spear and head-dress, was well up with the front runners. 5/5/1987
A runner dressed up as superhero Patman in the Belfast Marathon. 8/5/1990
Making sure his laces are tied tightly was James Adair, from Newtownards, before he set off in his 'Wee Willie Winkie' outfit. 7/5/1985
Ralph Brough and his dog at the 14-mile stage as they make their way along Ormeau Road. 7/5/1985
Mrs Elizabeth Wedge encourages the runners to greater efforts along the Woodstock Road. 7/5/1985
Trevor Octave (left), heads a line of runners as they pass through the finishing grids. 8/5/1984
Children offer cups of water outside Grosvenor Recreation Centre, which are gratefully accepted by the runners. 6/5/1986
John Kelly, of the Irish Wheelchair Association, going strong during the marathon. 4/5/1982
Old and young alike get off to a great start in today's Belfast Fun Run. 1/5/1989
Here's looking at you as Grant Whiteside and Alicia White keep the sun's rays at bay as they take part in the Fun Run. 1/5/1989
Causing much hilarity during the marathon was Nicholas Hill dressed as Jimmy Savile. As well as raising laughs, he was raising money for the Thire World. 6/5/1986
Sean Curneen, from Omagh, had still plenty of energy left, after finishing the marathon, as he lifts his daughter Angie (8) left, and son Gary (7), up in his arms. 7/5/1988
Brian McKee gets a little help from medical team after the marathon. 3/5/1983
At your service...Alessandro Genovese, the French wine waiter, complete with tray, wine and glasses, ran to the accompaniment of music from his portable tape deck. 8/5/1984
The thousands of competitors wait on the Albert Bridge for the starting signal. 4/5/1982
A typical refreshment point - this one was on the Ravenhill Road, and shows some of the many thousands of paper cups used during the marathon. 4/5/1982
These toys will be given as unexpected gifts to hundreds of needy children throughout the province at Christmas thanks to the Post Office staff at Belfast's Churchill House. Giving the toys a final look over is Irene McCappin of Lisburn Road. 7/12/1973
Five-year-old Una Park, from Kings' Crescent, Newtownabbey, who could not resist this huge cuddly teddy when she went on a toy-hunting expedition with her parents to the Belfast Co-Op, York Street. 4/12/1981
Mabel Gibb's handmade costumes for dolls are a delight to the eye - but she herself has had to overcome blindness to intricately stitch the outfits together. The 93-year-old, who lived at the Glenfold sheltered dwellings in Newcastle had been making dolls clothes all her life. 18/11/1980
The name of the game is "Newton's Balls" and it illustrates, undoubtedly, some scientific principle. Showing how it works is Liz Cartwright at a display of similar games in the Russell Court Hotel, Belfast. 5/8/1974
Two-year-old Marie McNally, of 9 Carlisle Terrace, Belfast, looks rather bewildered as she visits Frederick Thomas toy shop, Royal Avenue. 15/10/1971
One-and-a-half-year-old Craig Milligan fulfuls an ambition as he takes advantage of a day out at a toy department in a city centre store. 15/12/1970
Rocking-horse maker Mr Clifford Herbert awaits his young niece's appraisal of his latest model, at his home in Ballysallagh, Co.Down. 4/4/1969
25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Royal Navy march past City Hall during Red Army Day, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Soviet visitors at Stormont with Mr AV Alexander, First Lord. Pictured are (back from right), Viscount Bangor; Hon. HGH Mulholland; M. Zonov (USSR Embassy); Mr W Grant, MP; Mr GA Isaacs, MP; (front from right) Rr-Adm RHL Bevan; Col Gorbatov; Mr AV Alexander and Capt-Lieut Voronin. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Bands at City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Rt Hon AV Alexander, First Lord; General Sir Alan Cunningham and service chiefs taking salute, at City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. RUC march past City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Rt Hon AV Alexander with Soviet representatives at City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Maj-Gen Majendie, AVM AT Cole, R.Adm Knox Little and Lieut. Eagin at City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. U.S. Military police and a crowd of civilians watch the parade at City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. Royal Navy march past City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Red Army Day, the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Red Army. W.A.A.F march past City Hall, Belfast. 20/2/1943
Standard slogan. Lord Mayor Alderman William Geddis looks at one of the Ulster Week shields which had been erected on lamt standards in the city centre in readiness for Belfast Ulster Week. 16/5/1967
Eighteen-year-old Chrittine Anderson, of Portadown, in traditional irish costume, with champion Irish Wolfhound, Connell of nendrum, at Aldergrove, before leaving for Newcastle-on-Tyne, where they will take part in the city's Ulster Week. 17/9/1966
Mrs O'Neill is presented with a bouquet by the Mayorness of Southampton, Mrs k Frankiln, watched by the mayor, Alderman G W Franklin, and the Prime Minister Captain Terence O'Neill, at the opening of the Ulster Week functions in Southampton. 26/10/1967
Chief decorator at the Ormeau Bakery, Mr T McCullough, puts the finishing touches to a 27lb plum cake with the coat of arms of Northern Ireland and Sheffield , which was presented to the Mayor of Sheffield at the opening of Ulster Week in Sheffield. 11/3/1966
Red Hand grows in Edinburgh. The Red Hand of Ulster was a dominating sign on the mound, in Prince's Street, Edinburgh, during the Ulster Week programme. In the shadow of Edinburgh Castle workmen put the finishing touches to the floral pictute. 24/9/1965
The Lord mayor of Belfast, Alderman W D Geddis, checks over the agenda of the Belfast Ulster Week Press conference with members of the committee at the City Hall. Also in the picture are Mr R N Crawford (left), chairman of the organising committee and Miss Nora Byrne (right), chairman of the publicity association. 10/4/1967
Ulster Week in Southhampton, Mrs Terence O'Neill talks to the Sheriff of Southampton, Cllr Davies and hiw wife. 26/10/1967
Ulster Week in Southhampton, as the Mayor (centre) introduces the Prime Minister to the leader of the Ratepayers (Conservative) party, Ald. George Radwell (left). 26/10/1967
Ulster Week opens. Captain O'Neill takes the salute with the Lord Mayor of Leeds and the town clerk at the march past of the 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers which opened Ulster Week in Leeds. 24/4/1967
Ulster Week reception. Pictured at a reception for the beginning of Ulster Week in Edinburgh are ( from left): - Mr M H M Watts, vice-chairman, Tourist Board; Mrs Margaret Johnston, secretary, Edinburgh Ulster Association; Mr R M Palmer, commercial manager, Scottish Bus Group Ltd. and Mr John Williams, deputy general manager, Tourist Board. 23/9/1965
The Scene on the River Erne as boats leave Belturbet at the start of the Erne Boat Rally that was held on the Upper and Lower Lough Erne. 24/5/1969.
Tying down bikes on their cruiser near the town of Kesh are Klaus Ernst, of Ahrensburg and Hans Hennings, of Hamburg. 9/5/1978
Some of the various craft which took part in the second annual Erne boat rally over the spring Holiday. 30/5/1967
Mr John Reihill begins the journey to the tranguil isle of Inishcorkish on Upper Lough Erne. 27/5/1971
Honneger and Trudi Haenni from Berne Switzerland have been coming to the Lakes every year for the past 12 years. "We can be free here. Its better than Lake Geneva." 19/6/1987
Getting his fleet of cruisers ship-shape for the summer on Lough Erne is Bob Ewart of Erne marine, Bellanaleck, Co. Fermanagh. 19/4/1979
Three men in a boat...German businessmen enjoy getting alway from from it all, by going on a boating and fishing holiday on Lough Erne. They are Manfred Lamberti, August Hoffman and Manfred Labell, all from Prum, near Cologne. 15/5/1974
'Wigeon' one of the luxury cabin cruisers owned by the Carrybridge Boat Company, pictured in Lower Lough Erne, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. 14/5/1968
A Motorist views over Lower Lough Erne and its many wooded islands from the hilly 'Picturesque Road' between Kesh and Lisnarick. 1/10/1965
A stone is being selected from the shores of Lower Lough Erne, for despatch by air to Toronto where it will be incorporated in the enterance of a building being built by a large soft drinks company. Pictured are fermanagh County Council staff, Brian Culbert (Left) and George Lynn. 3/4/1968
Demonstrators lie in the path of the contingent from the USS Keppler. The sailors looking unconcerned, did not break a step. 18/5/1968
Police lead demonstrators away after the incident in Donegall Square.
One of the most eye catching floats from this particular years Lord Mayor's show, ET and some well disguised children from Cairnmartin Secondary School. 14/5/1983
Workmen try to repair "Robby", a 12ft high robot which crashed to the pavement from the Belfast gas float. 18/5/1968
Civic show will bank on Gillian - The Queen of Belfast Lord Mayor's Show is Templepatrick girl, Gillian Kernoghan (28), a cashier with the Northern Bank.
Winner will be Queen for a day - Five pretty girls who competed for the title "Queen of the Lord Mayor's Show" from the left are - Margaret Moore (18), Belfast, Anne Lomax (25), Bangor, Suzan Moor (18), Londonderry, Ann Gillen (23), Cookstown, and Marian Starkey (20), Belfast. 14/5/1969
Belfast Girl Guides in various uniforms from over the years, head their float in the Lord Mayor's Show. 15/5/1977
All the atmosphere of a carnival was caught on camera at the City Hall, Belfast, as the floats taking part in the Lord Mayor's Show made their way past the large crowds lining the route. 24/5/1976
Getting in the mood for the big parade are two participants from different floats, as they dance around before starting off from Ormeau Embankment. 23/5/1976
Anne Neill, the 17-year-old Miss Ireland, is surrounded by representatives of other countries on the International Co-operation Year float which was part of the procession in the Lord Mayor's Show. From Left are - Dorothy Maybury, representing U.S.A. ; Goke Ademiluyi, Nigeria ; Evangeline Arego, Uganda, and Helga Greeves, Austria. 22/5/1965
'Pipe of Peace' for show - Four girls with "The Pipe of Peace', part of the float of Murray, Sons and Co. Ltd., tobacco manufacturers, Belfast, in the Lord Mayor's Show. They are (from left) - Freda McKnight (19), Leestone Terrace; Carol Allen (17), Derry Street; Evelyn McClurg (22), Soudan Street, and Caroline Boyd (22), Matilda Street. 19/5/1966
Smiles as we go... - Four pretty girls on the right lines ... sheltering from the weather in the Post Office float for the Lord Mayor's Show. They are (bottom left) - Lee Thompson (20), and Doreen Lowry (19), and (top left): Linda Shields (18) and Elizabeth Dornan (19). 17/5/1969
Waves from the ferry float - Four schoolgirls wave to the crowds from the Ulsterferry float. from left are Lynn Montgomery, Miranda King, Pat McIlherene and Judy Hector, all aged 18. 18/5/1968
Belfast Corporation electrician Jimmy Rodgers has no worry about the cold weather as he is "boiled alive" by cannibals, on board the Corporation electricity float, taking part in the Lord Mayor's Show. 21/5/1966
Diana Stevenson, 22, from De Burgh Terrace, Londonderry, became one of the first Derry nodders. Having nothing to do with the Noddymen but merely emphasises that people who use the derry nod will be spreading goodwill and making Ulster a friendlier place. 14/11/1970
It's a Knock-out londonderry Team. Angela Green and Mickey O'Connor make a useful team on the punchbag. 13/6/1978
Children play alongside the city walls in Londonderry. In the background, erection work on multi-storey Housing Trust flats. 27/8/1965
Marian Healy enjoys the sunshine as she relaxes on one of the siege cannon on Derry walls. 12/3/1975
Joe McIntosh and Robert Jackson, of the Historic Monuments and Bulidings Branch, work on preserving a section of the Walls. 27/5/1980
The new Foyle Festival Queen, Betty hannaway (19), from Liscloon Drive, Shantallow, is crowned by the previous year's winner Christine McCann at the festival Queen dance in the Guildhall. 1/6/1984
Foyle Festival Queen finalists who peddled over the route of the Lord Mayor's parade on new Debutante tourist bicycles, the first off the production line at Viking's Derry factory. 29/5/1979
Bill Murray (right) and assistant Colin Mclaughlin doing some specialist work on the fibre plaster mould on the centre piece in the Guildhall Council Chamber. 5/11/1975
Ian Clanahan, from Edinburgh, one of three mechanics who overhauled the Guildhall clock in Londonderry. 28/1/1971
Billy McCormick carving a new set of lions for the Gulidhall, in Londonderry, to replace those damaged and stolen. 1/11/1976
Dr Denis O'Hara placing a camera into his model aircraft before he flew the machine over the Newtownards Flying club and took pictures by radio control. 18/5/1971
Flying-club rally winner, Peter Koester of Dusseldorf, in his aircraft with the 'Belfast Telegraph' trophy after winning the concours d'elegance section at the Ulster Flying Club's international rally at Newtownards Airport. 29/7/1967
Ulster Flying Club pilots Tommy Beattie and Tony Diver had an extra piece of luggage when they returned home from the recent Isle of Man Rally having won 1st prize in the Concours D'Elegance competition. 7/6/1975
Mr and Mrs Gurt Van de Wal from Cannes in the South of France examine one of their charts at the Ulster Flying Club, Newtownards, where Ulster International Flying Rally was in progress. 11/8/1979
Dr Denis O'Hara flying his model aircraft over the Newtownards Flying club by radio control. 18/5/1971
How it ticks... Mr Tubby Dash, chief instructor at the Ulster Flying Club, Newtownards, explains how an aircraft engine works to the 14 Ulstermen taking part in the Northern Ireland heat of a United Kingdom competition to find Britian's most promising young pilot of 1966. 14/5/1966
Heinz Klushendorff from Dusseldorf pours champagne for himself and two of his crew, Christel Karg (left) and Ingeborg Roetner, after arriving at Newtownards to take part in the international air rally. 24/7/1971
John Kisby, the man responsible for looking after the runways at Newtownards Airport takes to a boat to inspect one of the planes left stranded after the flooding. 14/12/1981
Belfast aircraft fitter, Mr Gilbert McCure has his feet firmly on the ground when it comes to getting the planes at the Ulster fyling Club into top flight condition for the approaching flying season. Gilbert is seen here making some final checks on a Rallye ST150 at Ards airport. 6/2/1983
There's a new meaning to the phrase - university of the air. For the Ulster Flying Club at newtownards has granted a scholarship to the Northern Ireland Association of youth Clubs. 29/5/1975
Keep you cool girls step in : Queen's University students arriving at Balmoral show, the girls hope to keep visitors cool by selling ice cream. 26/5/1965
Governor and the ex-PM meet : The Governor (right) talks to Premier Lord Brookeborough at the Balmoral Show. 25/5/1968
Two disappointed competitors in the jumping classes at Balmoral Show, Miss Pat Mitchell, Ballydrain, Comber and Mrs Rosemary Beacom, Rosetta Road, Belfast, wading through the water in the jumping enclosure. 25/5/1966
Mrs Brenda Barrie of Carryduff, with chrysanthemum blooms in the horticultural exhibition at the Balmoral Show. 22/5/1968
Time for swim fashions: Models Alice Johnston (left) and Pamela Geddis in the latest swim wear during a preview of the Festival of Fashion at Balmoral Show. 21/5/1968
Models get a preview : Models Liz Deehan (left) and Brenda Simpson take time off from rehearsals to admire a White Wyandotte in the poultry section at Balmoral Show. 24/5/1966
Anna Erskine of Comber, with her pony, Punch, puts in some exercise before competing. 24/5/1967
Student 'coach' for show entry : Queen's University student Jill Beattie (19) of The Hill, Drumbeg, Lisburn, took time off from her studies to-day to show her Jersey cow, Throne Beautiful Blossom, at Balmoral. 26/5/19696
Ulster Dairy Queen sets out for Balmoral : The Ulster Dairy Queen, Mrs Helen Henderson (left), accompanied by her princesses, sets out for Balmoral Show. The coach formerly owned by the Royal Inniskilling Dragoons, was drawn from the City Hall to the King's Hall by four horses. 26/5/1967
Evidently good for her : Ravenhill Nor Tata, judged female champion Friesian section, enjoys a 'bottle of Stout' given by 21-year-old Rosemary Long , at Balmoral. 25/5/1966
M'Liss Roberts (21) who farms at Condoblin, New South Wales, demonstrates the art of boomerang throwing to (from left) : 23-year-old Jan Klasser, Queensland, 24-year-old Liz Shotter, Melbourne, and 24-year-old Maureen Markham, from New South Wales. 25/5/1965
Trading in full swing at Nutt's Corner market. 23/10/1978
Looking for a bargain... some of the market stalls trading in former garage premises at Strand Road, Londonderry. 20/2/1982
No matter how busy a stall holder may be they will still find time for a chat with a customer at Lisburn Market. 29/4/1980
" I've got a lovely bunch of carrots," is what Mrs Dora Povey, from Conlig; is saying to prospective buyers at her stall in Bangor Market. 30/10/1974
Market day in Lisburn is the time for old friends to get together and talk about day's gone-by. 29/4/1980
When someone tells you ot a stain remover the ladies are sure to be interested. Mr Harry Scott demonstrates his wares which will clean old carpets like new or remove that stubborn stain in that jacket at the Variety market, Belfast. 2/2/1973
An eye for a bargain - this customer check out the goods at Bangor Market. 20/7/1983
Five-year-old Sarah Darrah from Jordanstown selects a flag while visiting Bangor Market with her mother. 23/7/1983
Making friends with a clutch of Easter chicks at the premises of R A Wright, Newtownards, is 19-year-old May Agar of Portaferry Road. 16/4/1981
This is one way to stake a claim on a giant-sized Easter egg, this day-old Rhode Island bantam was one of the many hatched at Belfast Zoo, and now officials are waiting patiently to see whay appears from this emu egg. 6/4/1982
Easter is the racing season and also the time of traditional egg rolling for the youngsters. Here Mark Bryan (right) gets ready to race Heather Dowling (5) and Micheal McKinstry(5). 10/4/1971
Angela Spence (7) from Woodview Place, Braniel, let this winning piece of floral art go to her head when she tried on this 'Easter Bonnat' at the Spring Flower Show. 18/4/1981
Six-year-old Lynn Toye, of Westland terrace, Londonderry, found it hard to believe her eyes when she came across this monster easter Egg at Woolsworth store in Ferryquay Street. 22/3/1985
Helping to bring easter a little nearer is Miss Pat Kane, of Newtownabbey, with some of the eggs on display in a city centre store where she works. 13/3/1976
With basket firmly in hand Kerry is keeping a close watch on this giant easter egg. 16/4/1981
Seven-year-old Tracey Coyle has her hands full with this basket of gaily decorated Easter eggs which she and her school chums from St. Mary's Girls' Primary School, Strabane, handpainted while on a educational visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, near Omagh. 4/4/1985
Nine-year-old Jennifer Browne from North Gardens, Bloomfield Road, Belfast, with her colourful creation. 10/4/1985
Easter just wouldn't be the same without choclate eggs and these youngsters really enjoyed tucking into their favourite eggs. They are , seven-year-old Angela McWhirter (L), four-year-old Steven Martin and his sisters, Jill, 19 months and three-year-old Lynn, from Dunore Avenue, Moygashel, near Dungannon. 19/4/1981.
Sharon Smyth (17) and Roy Wallace (19) have egg-sactly the right admission fee for tonight's dance in Newtownabbey's Palm Grove - one easter egg. 31/4/1983
Randalstown AOH division 72 parading with their banner during the St Patrick's Day Ancient Order of Hibernians parade in Cushendall. 19/3/1985
Three Northern Ireland Mayors joined the Mayor of Limerick, Councillor Bob Burns (right) for the annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Limerick. They were Alderman Roy Beggs (left), Larne Councillor Sam Simms and Councillor Pat Devine, Londonderry. 19/3/1980
Miss Piggy was a popular figure with the crowd who watched the annual St Patrick's Day Parade on the Falls Road, Belfast. 17/3/1980
Church Leaders at Downpatrick. The leaders of the four main churches in the Province make their way from Down cathedral to lay a wreath on the grave of St Patrick. 17/3/1985
The St Patrick's Day parade which started from Unity Flats, went across Clifton Street and onto the New Lodge road. 17/3/1971
Two members of the RUC escort the St Patrick's Day parade which started from Unity Flats, went across Clifton Street and onto the New Lodge road. 17/3/1971
Members of the McKenna Accordion Band from Ballycran take part in the St Patrick's Day parade through Downpatrick. 17/3/1985
Mr Joe McGreevy, his wife Eithne, and two-year-old son Brendan, at St Parrick's grave. The Bangor family were among the many visitors to Downpatrick Cathedral. 17/3/1981
The grave of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick. 17/3/1985
Members of the Down Diocesan Youth Fellowship arrive at St Patrick's Memorial Church, Saul, to attend one of the St Patrick's day services. 17/3/1967
St Patrick's grave in the grounds of Down cathedral, Downpatrick. 18/3/1965
St Patrick's Day Parade through English Street, Downpatrick. 1939
St Patrick's Day parade, Falls Road. 17/3/1978
Forging link with tradition. Mr S J Ervine, Dromore, Co. Down, at a horseshoeing competition in Mr Robert Greer's forge, Oldtown, Cookstown. The competition was the first in Ireland for over 40 years. 7/9/1968
Getting ready...old style. Seven-year-old james Hanna, of Saintfield, gives the harness a final polish before his father competes in the horse section of the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association international ploughing championships which started to-day at Ballee, Downpatrick. 13/11/1968
Bring back the good old days, says 'Smithy! : Denis Kilkenny, of Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, has been shoeing horses for more than 50 years. He is seen here at work on a horse for farmer George Johnston, of Killadeas. On the right is Mr Kilkenny's son John. 17/1/1966
In Pictures: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS Gallery
An evening jaunt: Mr John Kennedy, Beechpark, Lurgan, and his dog Peggy, out for a quiet evening jaunt in his newly acquired gig. Mr Kennedy named his horse 'King Puck' after the famous fair where he bought it. 7/9/1965
Old bob mightn't have swept the boards at the Horse of the Year Show, but you can bet Mrs Irene Moore wouldn't swap him for the world. For Bob, an 18-year-old skewbald, is still the tops when it comes to plodding down to the shops in Ballygawley to do the shopping. 9/10/1979
Mr Sammy Woods, of Glenview Drive, Lurgan, who has been delivering vegtables door-to-door in the town, relies on the one horse power mode of transport to get him around the estates. Sammy has had over a dozen horses helping him through the years, this one pictured is called Tom. 23/9/1978
Farmer George McCullough, of Rathmore, Muckamore, leads Dolly (LEFT) and Dick, his 12-year-old Clydesdale horses back home with his children Alistair and George (LEFT) and Jacqueline and Robert, in the saddle. 25/7/1972
A popular new acquisition to Tannaghmore Gardens,Craigavon, is the cute Shetland pony under the care of Mr david Coleman (third from right) who looks after the animals at the centre. 10/2/1976
Enjoying a pony and trap trip in Barnett's Park, Malone, are youngsters from the Fleming and Fulton School for handicapped children, Upper Malone Road. At the reins is Mrs Jean Graham, Finaghy Road South, who takes time off twice a week to give them the treat. The four legged friend, Blackie, belongs to the school. 23/4/1970
Johnny Proctor and his horse on the vegtable round. 25/4/1978
Children from Wallace High School, Lisburn, who raised £85 for the USPCA in a door-to-door collection, visited the society's animal shelter at Carryduff. As it was meal-time they fed some of the ponies which are kept there. 11/6/1979
Maureen Elliott, from Belfast, tries to keep a tight rein on Suzie, her new frisky three-year-old Shetland Pony. 26/6/1979
Problems build up for the Haffey brothers who farm at Kilvergan, Lurgan, as the refigerated storage tank at their farm is filled to overflowing. In an effort to save some milk the family have filled bottles, buckets and cans. 23/12/1974
The milk bottling plant at Bangor Dairies in full swing this morning producing milk for the Bangor and Ards areas. 14/1/1975
Mr David Dawson, of the Milk Bottle Recovery Association - now he has to hunt for crates too. 3/4/1975
Milk strike at Bangor Dairies. Pickets on duty outside Bangor Dairies at Belast Road, Bangor, talk to the driver of a lorry returning empty milk bottles. 14/1/1975
A satisfied customer leaves the Hilltop Dairy Farm at Castlereagh with two plastic containers full of milk. The dairy, which was not hit by the milk strike, triggered off a milk rush. 23/12/1974
Before we start taking them for granted we should let our milkmen know we appreciate them. 15/5/1978
Little Kimberley Weir and other residents of Roundhill Street off the Albertbridge Road, buy their milk from Mr David Titterington, and all the money he takes in a day goes to a charity fund to help two Belfast hospitals. 4/1/1975
One of the best known teams in Lisburn are Jack McMaster and his 14-year-old pony, Molly. 11/12/1973
Miss Ardyn Wasson, from Carnmoney, carries out some tests in the laboratory at the Milk Marketing Board's headquaters, for Miss Pensi Pansuk, from Thailand and Mr N. Van Van from Vietnam. Both were students at the Co-Operative College, Loughborough, Leicester and were included in a party visiting Belfast. 9/3/1970
Enjoying their milk (from left) are Roro O'Connor, Oliver Doherty and Brian Herron, of long Tower Primary School. 2/3/1982
All set for a spending spree are (from left) Linda Kirkpatrick (21), Hazel Johnston (23), anf Helen Carlisle (21). The three girls who volunteered for the seven day milk diet show show their good spirits by scattering the £64 they recieved in retuen for 32lbs. weight loss. 11/5/1970
Miss Rose McElvogue carrying out butter fat tests at Milk Marketing Board Headquaters on samples of milk from individual cows, using a machine made in Denmark. 4/2/1965
Making an epic - that's Andrew Tipler, foreman of Belfast's Alexandra Park. Mr Tipler has been filming bird and plant life in the park for nine years and his 1,500 feet of film provide a unique record of the changes in the fauna and flora. 5/9/1972
Malone House, Barnett's Park. Residence of late Mr WM Barnett, who left it to the Belfast Corporation, with surrounding parkland. 30/8/1946
Barnett's Park. A man takes time to stand and stare at the sheep in summer in Barnett's Park. 8/10/1954
Botanic Gardens. Peace and leaves in plenty in Botanic Gardens, and taking full benefit are Geraldine Heath (18) and Miriam Dalton (17). 13/10/1969
Botanic Gardens. Weeding the flower beds in the shadow of the Victorian tropical plant house in Botanic Gardens is John Cassells from Satinfield Road, Belfast. 12/8/1980
Botanic Gardens. Back to back in the idyllic setting of the rose garden of Botanic Gardens, Belfast, is Lisa Bassett (7) and her brother Billy (9), of Rugby Avenue, Belfast. 14/7/1990
Botanic Gardens. The RUC band under the baton of District Inspector Alexander Hollick at a concert which they gave in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. 4/5/1966
Botanic Gardens. A 'BROOMSDAY' situation for these gardeners employed at Botanic Gardens, Belfast. Left to right here are Bernard Bowman, Ken McClintock and John Kinsley. 26/9/1974
Falls Park. Trying his hand with the broom at Falls Park, Belfast, is two rear-old Patrick Greer, of Colligan Street, as Corporation gardners (in the background) prepare the flower beds for summer bedding. 30/5/1967
Ormeau Park. A man, child and dog take advantage of the spring like afternoon sunshine for a stroll through Ormeau Park, Belfast. 27/1/1971
Ormeau Park. Through the brown and green leafy lanes of Ormeau Park comes Mr Sidney McClune and his West Highland terrier Penny for their morning constitutional. Mr McClune, of Ravenhill Gardens, has been crippled with polio since childhood, but he enjoys his little car. 14/10/1975
Ormeau Park. The new playground at the enterance to Belfast's Ormeau Park is like a magnet to young children. But recently because of ankle-deep mud and waterlogged grass young Colin Bradley (11) and his sister Mavis (6), of Toronto Street, look forlonly at the roundabout. 31/1/1972
Queen Mary's Gardens. Feeding the swans in Queen Mary's Gardens, Belfast, provides a pleasent pasttime for Mr George Robinson of Sunningdale Park, Belfast and his granddaughter Lyndsey Robinson (2) of Prospect Crescent, Ballygowan. 2/10/1980
Victoria Park. It may not be the Great Barrier Reef but the thick weeds at the edge of Victoria Park boating lake present their own problems. But with a helping hand or two from the shore Michael Briggs (8) and Irene Hamilton (10) of Parker Street, Belfast, will soon have their feet on terra firma. 27/7/1971
Victoria Park. Her first ever dip - and for four year-old Sandra Craig, of Ravenhill Road, Belfast, there were no qualms about the water when her father Ricky, played with her at the baths at Victoria park. 17/7/1972
With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home. 21/1/1965
This winter landscape at Ballysillan Park, Belfast, shows how an every-day scene is given a touch of delicate filigree when bare branches are laced with snow. 12/1/1959
Snowman and Snowmouse appeared overnight at Kensington Gardens West. Here is Rosemary Eakins stroking the snowmouse's tail while Brian Martin moulds his ear and Allyson Brown puts a rakish angle to the snowman's hat. 11/12/1967
An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived. 6/2/1963
Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow. 3/12/1966
Mr Thomas Thompson of Skeagh, near Glenarm, recieving a bag of food supplies from Sergeant Isaac Jardine, Glenarm RUC, after Mr Thompson and his wife had been cut off by snowdrifts for over a week. 13/2/1966
A scene of great activity on the Cavehill slopes by Floral Hall, where tobogganers and skiers were out in force on a Sundat afternoon. 16/2/1969
Pupils from Stella Maris Primary School, Church Road, Greencastle, enjoying rolling a giant snowball in the school playground. 5/3/1965
Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
One car which did not make it up a steep hill on the outskirts of Belfast and like many others in the province had to be abandoned in the blizzard. 7/2/1969
These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow. 16/2/1966
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
aturday afternoon shoppers looking on as they pass children enjoying a slide on the pavement at the junction of Upper Library Street and Peter's Hill, Belfast. 9/12/1967
Ulster American Folk Park. James Nesbitt, seven, and his brother Mark, four, from Massey Grees, Belfast, had only seen covered wagons in the cowboy films and wanted to touch the real thing. Their wish came true when they took a close look at the Conestoga wagon at Ards Shopping Centre. It's on loan from the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. 20/2/1979
Ulster American Folk Park. Gerry Taggart, from Omagh, a coach-builder for 50 years, gives a display of wheel making. 25/9/1979
Ulster American Folk Park. James O'Brien batteling the straw by wrapping if up in itself. 25/9/1979
Guides and demonstrators from the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, turned out in style dressed as Ulster emigrants from the late 17th century to launch the park's autumn programme for schools. The 'emigrants' are (from left) Mrs Gladys Fulton, Mrs Heather Millar, Mrs Lilian Collins, Mrs Etta Orr and Mrs Linda Smith. 22/9/1980
Clive Wilson (9), from Ballyboley, finds out how candles were made from animal fat in the Pioneer days of North America, from Mrs Frieda Prentice. 25/9/1979
Pupils from St. Columb's Primary School, Dromore, Co. Tyrone, enjoy a one-day workshop of traditional cooking given by Mrs Ruby Todd, a demonstrator with the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. The girls, all ten years old, are (from left): Clare McAloon, Edel McNabb, Helena McNabb and Louise Walsh. 23/10/1986
Mrs Edith Sproule shows Sandra Morton and John Hawkins, who are from Cookstown Primary, the art of basket making. 29/9/1981
Gorgon Colhoun, who looks after the saddlers' shop, gives some tips to Fivemiletown High School pupils Nigel Rea and Ronald Campbell. 29/9/1981
The spinning wheel enthralled Cookstown Primary School pupils (from left): Samantha Wilson, Brian Armstrong, Keith Alexander and Paula Kennedy during their visit. Demonstrating the craft is Mrs Jean Moore. 29/9/1981
The spinning wheel at work in the hands of Mrs Jean Moore, at the Weavers Cottage, watched by pupils from St. Teresa's Primary School, Enniskillen. 12/6/1985
Wet Spinning, York Street Mill. 17/2/1939
Braidwater Spinning, Ballymena.Hackling machine in operation separating flax into tons and line. 15/11/1945
Hand painting Damask, Old Bleach Linen, Randalstown. 1/2/1949
Herdman's Mill, Sion Mills. The Reeling Room. 13/8/1935
View of Weaving Room, York Street Factory. 17/2/1939
Industry/Dromara. Gathering the flax, at Dromara. 17/11/1942
Plain Weaving Shop, Brookfield Factory. 3/3/1939
Wariing, York Street factory. 3/3/1939
Winding yarn, York street factory. 17/2/1939
Mourne Wall Walk. Competitors recieve refreshments and take a break during the grueling 22-mile trek. 2/6/1974.
Mourne Wall Walk. a Party of competitors in the 'Mourne Walk' leave Little Bignian behind as they negotiate the last few miles of the 22-mile walk. 7/6/1965
Mourne Wall Walk.Stepping out in determined fashion is Newtownards man Tom Smith with his Golden Retriever Bonnie. 7/6/1982
Mourne Wall Walk. May Murphy, from Kilkeel, takes a break for a cup of tea during the walk, while her brother Gerard checks their position on the map. 7/6/1982
Some of the walkers who trekked over the Mournes and finished at the Silent Valley, a distance of 22 miles. They are pictures passing the Dunnywater Point outside Annalong. 30/5/1966
The 21st Mourne Wall Walk, organised by the Youth Hostel Association attracted 2,000 enthusiasts of which 1,515 people were given certificates. And there was an extra certificate for another participant - a dog, pictured. 5/6/1977
The downhill run, with only two miles to go. 7/6/1982
Arthur Young puts on a bandage to support his knee as he and friend Roy Suiter, both from Stranmillis Road area of Belfast take a well earned break. 5/6/1983
John McGonigle, from Dundrum, on his first Mourne Wall Walk, couldn't wait to let air at his aching feet after completing the course. 7/6/1981
Student Rag day, two engineering students Robert Starrs and David O'Connor take spin around City Hall with 8 ft bicycle made for two on 6th March 1970
Student Rag day, student Martin Lawless keeps playin his guitar while eating a sandwhich as he attemts to break the world marathon jam record on 3rd March 1970
Student Rag day, a student dresses as a futuristic golfer using a giant golf ball as a collecting box for hospital charities in the year 1928.
Student of the modern jazz 'school' "Blow that horn man." passing through Arthus Square, Belfast, young john Killand, of Strandview Street, takes a critical saet at a "concert" given by Stranmillis students as one of their rag week activities. 12/3/1968
Students in Victoria Street, Belfast selling their P.T.Q. 8/3/1966.
Queens university students kidnapp light heavyweight boxer Gerry Hassett from a training session at Ballyholme Bangor. They are hoping his promoter B. J. Eastwood will hand over a cheque for the Rag funds. 9th March 1965.
Lark with the law Students of Queen's University surrounded and had fun with this constable while he was on point duty at a zebra crossing in Donegall Place, during the Rag Day procession in Belfast. 12/3/1965
Queens University Rag Day Parade gets under way in a flurry of flour and water on the 6th March 1981
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.
Steam Locomotives (Trains). Last puffer train steams out at Magheramorne to mark the last journey for a steam train in europe. 2/5/1970.
Railway Preservation Society Of Ireland. Feet firmly on the footpath, Michael and driver Paddy keep a watchful eye as the train pulls out. 17/10/1970

For years, electrically-powered milk floats were a common sight throughout Northern Ireland.

One of the reasons that the local dairies adopted the vehicles for making doorstep deliveries was that their quiet engines would be unobtrusive in the early morning.

They seemed to be the vehicles of the future, and in the final few months of the 1950s, the Royal Mail had the bright idea of adopting a similar system to deliver its parcels.

There was a marked difference between the milk floats and the mail floats. The milkmen's vehicles had a cab for the driver and were as large as any other vehicle on the road, while the postman had to walk in front of his truck, which was really more like a trailer, and guide it through the use of a single tiller handle.

The very first electrical mail float was introduced at Larne head post office on October 20, 1959. Described as a `pedestrian control electric truck', it was used to deliver parcels to local shops, and the first delivery run was carried out by Larne postman, Lyce Armour. After it had done its job each day, the mail float was hooked up to an electrical charging system, so that it could be powered up during the night for use again on the following day.

But for some reason the electric mail float failed to catch on, and there was only one other of its type ever introduced in Northern Ireland. What happened to the other float is unknown, but the Larne one continued to deliver parcels for at least another 15 years.

In 1974, the float had clocked up an estimated 15,000 miles on its delivery route around the streets of the Co Antrim town. It was perhaps a little battered-looking as postman Gerry McToal wheeled it back to the office after its daily run, but it was still faithfully fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended.

As the Telegraph noted at the time: "After our picture was taken Gerry guided it back into the post office yard to get it recharged - possibly for another 15 years!"

Belfast Telegraph

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