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Mystery Northern Ireland beauty spot in wartime rail poster identified by Belfast Telegraph readers

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 26/10/2016

The 1944 London Midland and Scottish Railway poster featuring Lurig mountain
The 1944 London Midland and Scottish Railway poster featuring Lurig mountain
A photo of the view

A mystery location captured in a rail poster advertising Northern Ireland as a wartime holiday destination has been identified.

It is Lurig Mountain near Cushendall on the Co Antrim coast.

Several readers came forward to name the tranquil scene after it featured in the pages of the Belfast Telegraph on Monday.

The story revealed the poster is expected to sell for £1,000 at auction tomorrow.

The framed print, measuring 37 inches by 44 inches, was designed by London-born artist Eric Hesketh Hubbard for the London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1944.

It is going under the hammer in the Rare and Important Travel Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on Thursday.

The story carried on Monday said the part of Northern Ireland featured in the poster was not known.

However, a number of readers contacted the Telegraph to say it was Cushendall.

Among them was Eddie Kidd from Bangor, who previously lived in the village.

"I lived there from 1945 to 1948," he said.

"I saw the photograph and was surprised when it said the location was unknown - I knew it straight away.

"There is the beach, the green area is the golf club and you can see the wee hut where the greenkeeper used to keep his tractor and cutting equipment.

"The rocks are where I would have gone crab fishing."

Gina Kinney also recognised the scene.

"It is a view of Cushendall taken from a rocky outcrop on the north-east side looking towards Lurig mountain," she explained.

In recent times posters such as these have become increasingly sought-after and valuable.

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