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Step back in time as man recreates photo 50 years on

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 03/04/2015

Victor Humphreys with sisters Marie Maxwell (left) and Ina Maxwell on Stormont’s steps in 1965
Victor Humphreys with sisters Marie Maxwell (left) and Ina Maxwell on Stormont’s steps in 1965
Victor Humphreys with sisters Marie Maxwell (left) and Ina Maxwell on Stormont’s steps this year

A Welshman with fond memories of Northern Ireland has returned to Belfast to recreate a photograph taken on the steps of Stormont 50 years ago.

Victor Humphreys from Penrhyndeudraeth in north Wales was a Shorts apprentice in Belfast from 1961-2.

He was on holiday in Belfast in 1965 and met up with friends, Marie and Ina Maxwell from Dundonald.

They went for a Sunday afternoon stroll in Stormont estate and had their photograph taken on the steps outside Parliament Building.

Victor lost touch with the Maxwells but reconnected with them in 2005.

When the 69-year-old booked a coach trip and stayed in Carrickfergus last month, he decided to recreate the image.

"Last month I rang the girls up and asked them to come along for a retake of the old photo," Victor told the Belfast Telegraph.

"We met up outside City Hall and got the bus up to Stormont.

"Belfast city centre has changed a lot since the 1960s.

"I had a lovely time. Everybody was so kind and friendly.

"We showed the photos to several people around Stormont and they were amazed."

During his stay in Northern Ireland Victor also had a reunion with his former Shorts colleagues and some members of the Sydenham Methodist Church.

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