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A fitting tribute to an actor who built bridges of his own

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 11/03/2016

It would be strikingly appropriate to name a new bridge in east Belfast after the late actor Jimmy Ellis.

One in the area has already been named after his great friend, playwright Sam Thompson. But the men were also linked through Thompson's controversial play, Over the Bridge, which laid bare the sectarian underbelly of the Belfast shipyard in the middle of the last century.

When the Ulster Hall refused to stage the play, Ellis formed a new theatre company to put it on. It was an act of great courage, given the strong feelings the play provoked. Both men could be said to have built bridges in their own way, and thus deserve to be immortalised.

Belfast Telegraph

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