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Sweet memories of Candy Store in 1960s

Published 26/09/2016

I always enjoy Eddie McIlwaine's little stories, but was taken aback when I read one last week referring to the Candy Store (Saturday Review, September 17).

Many years ago, my dad (also called Eddie) had two little shops in Canmore Street, just bordering the-then 'peaceline' in Belfast. One of them was called the Candy Store (a sweetie shop).

I was getting married in June 1963 and dad organised a party for the customers on both side of the peaceline. It was held in the Ulster Hall in Tennant Street.

There was a good number of guests and we had a great evening. My fiance and I were treated to a lovely chorus of the Candy Store, with the second line changed a little to "the church on the hill". I heard Dickie Rock singing it on the radio just a few weeks ago and it brought a tear to my eye.


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