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The Plattermen.  26/5/1965

The Plattermen. 26/5/1965

A beacon of Belfast night-life, dancers arriving at the Plaza in its heyday.  15/10/1965

A beacon of Belfast night-life, dancers arriving at the Plaza in its heyday. 15/10/1965

The Plaza Ballroom in its heyday. 14/9/1967

The Plaza Ballroom in its heyday. 14/9/1967

The Nevada Showband, featuring the vivacious Kelley.  22/2/1973

The Nevada Showband, featuring the vivacious Kelley. 22/2/1973

The Miami Showband pose for the camera.  4/6/1972

The Miami Showband pose for the camera. 4/6/1972

" This is how you do it." Three Randalstown fans get some quick tuition on "The Hucklebuck" from members of the Royal Showband. From left: Alice O'hara, Ballygrooby; Brendan Bowyer, Margaret O'Hara, Ballygrooby; Ed Sullivan, Betty McKeown, Hook's Lane, and Tom Dunphy.  18/2/1965

" This is how you do it." Three Randalstown fans get some quick tuition on "The Hucklebuck" from members of the Royal Showband. From left: Alice O'hara, Ballygrooby; Brendan Bowyer, Margaret O'Hara, Ballygrooby; Ed Sullivan, Betty McKeown, Hook's Lane, and Tom Dunphy. 18/2/1965

The Freshmen.  27/10/1966

The Freshmen. 27/10/1966

The Indians, one of Ireland's leading showbands.  14/8/1980

The Indians, one of Ireland's leading showbands. 14/8/1980

Big Tom and the mighty Mainliners.  11/12/1972

Big Tom and the mighty Mainliners. 11/12/1972

Showbands legend Dave Glover.  20/9/1968

Showbands legend Dave Glover. 20/9/1968

The legendary Glenn Miller and his orchestra playing to a devoted audience at a wartime gig.

The legendary Glenn Miller and his orchestra playing to a devoted audience at a wartime gig.

Brendan Bowyer does "The Fly" with two dancers who will be touring with the Rpyal Showband.  22/4/1966

Brendan Bowyer does "The Fly" with two dancers who will be touring with the Rpyal Showband. 22/4/1966

Cliff Richard:British Pop Singer. in Belfast. 30/10/1964

Cliff Richard:British Pop Singer. in Belfast. 30/10/1964

THE ROYAL SHOWBAND.
Brendan Bowyer performing on stage.

THE ROYAL SHOWBAND. Brendan Bowyer performing on stage.

THE ROYAL SHOWBAND.
Brendan Bowyer performing on stage.

THE ROYAL SHOWBAND. Brendan Bowyer performing on stage.

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The Strokes playing at the Ulster Hall, on Tuesday 21st February 2006. ALL USES MUST BE CREDITED JESSICA HOMER PHOTOGRAPHY- 07799 062697.

. The Strokes playing at the Ulster Hall, on Tuesday 21st February 2006. ALL USES MUST BE CREDITED JESSICA HOMER PHOTOGRAPHY- 07799 062697.

Pop singer Tom Jones looks out his hotel window on Belfast's, Royal Avenue.  4/3/1966

Pop singer Tom Jones looks out his hotel window on Belfast's, Royal Avenue. 4/3/1966

1970's Solo Singer Tony Christie on stage last night playing to a sell out concert in the Waterfront hall. Tony returned to Belfast after a absence of twenty year's performing a selection of hit songs from his greatest Hits Album Avenues and Alleyways, I did what i did for Maria ,Las Vegas and his Biggest selling single of 2005 number one ( is This The Way To ) Amarillo

1970's Solo Singer Tony Christie on stage last night playing to a sell out concert in the Waterfront hall. Tony returned to Belfast after a absence of twenty year's performing a selection of hit songs from his greatest Hits Album Avenues and Alleyways, I did what i did for Maria ,Las Vegas and his Biggest selling single of 2005 number one ( is This The Way To ) Amarillo

Keeping cool...The Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey.  6/2/1980

Keeping cool...The Undertones lead singer Feargal Sharkey. 6/2/1980

Stiff Little Fingers: Punk Group at Queens. Guitarist Henry Cluney an stage at the Whitla Hall, Queens. 16/10/1978

Stiff Little Fingers: Punk Group at Queens. Guitarist Henry Cluney an stage at the Whitla Hall, Queens. 16/10/1978

Sting on stage last night playing to a sellout audience at the odyssey arena, Sting returns to belfast after two years as part of his world tour Sacred Love Tour 2004.

Sting on stage last night playing to a sellout audience at the odyssey arena, Sting returns to belfast after two years as part of his world tour Sacred Love Tour 2004.

Terri Hooley outside his Good Vibrations record shop in 1983

Terri Hooley outside his Good Vibrations record shop in 1983

The Beatles in Belfast
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Celebrities 
Celebrities

The Beatles in Belfast Scanned from the NPA collection Celebrities Celebrities

19.12.08. Pictures by David Fitzgerald. Coldplay playing in the Odyssey Arena last night.

19.12.08. Pictures by David Fitzgerald. Coldplay playing in the Odyssey Arena last night.

19.12.08. Pictures by David Fitzgerald. Coldplay playing in the Odyssey Arena last night.

19.12.08. Pictures by David Fitzgerald. Coldplay playing in the Odyssey Arena last night.

11.11.08. David Fitzgerald. Paul Weller playing in the Odyssey Arena Belfast last night.

11.11.08. David Fitzgerald. Paul Weller playing in the Odyssey Arena Belfast last night.

27.08.10. Picture by David Fitzgerald. Paul Weller performing last night at the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

27.08.10. Picture by David Fitzgerald. Paul Weller performing last night at the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Singer Paul Brady on stage at the Ulster Hall.  5/2/1980

Singer Paul Brady on stage at the Ulster Hall. 5/2/1980

Dickie Rock meets young fans outside Romano's Ballroom in Belfast, where the BBC Radio 1 Club was being broadcast for the first time from Northern Ireland.

Dickie Rock meets young fans outside Romano's Ballroom in Belfast, where the BBC Radio 1 Club was being broadcast for the first time from Northern Ireland.

A visitor's view perhaps of Belfast at night, as seen from a bedroom in the Royal Avenue Hotel.  9/11/1966

A visitor's view perhaps of Belfast at night, as seen from a bedroom in the Royal Avenue Hotel. 9/11/1966

The hysterical crowd of teenagers which greeted the Bay City Rollers when they performed in Belfast's New Vic Cinema  25/4/1975

The hysterical crowd of teenagers which greeted the Bay City Rollers when they performed in Belfast's New Vic Cinema 25/4/1975

WORLD FAMOUS BOY SOPRANO BILLY NEELY

WORLD FAMOUS BOY SOPRANO BILLY NEELY

MCBURNEY'S PREMIER RECORD STORE AND SMITHFIELD MARKET

MCBURNEY'S PREMIER RECORD STORE AND SMITHFIELD MARKET

The demolition of the old Post Office, in Royal Avenue, to make way for a new shopping complex.  11/7/1985

The demolition of the old Post Office, in Royal Avenue, to make way for a new shopping complex. 11/7/1985

Mc Glade's Pub. Donegall Street, Belfast.

Mc Glade's Pub. Donegall Street, Belfast.

James Johnston. Belfast Tenor. 'The Belfast Butcher.'  21/2/1945

James Johnston. Belfast Tenor. 'The Belfast Butcher.' 21/2/1945

Young starlet Ruby Murray, pictured in the Belfast Telegraph offices. March 1955

Young starlet Ruby Murray, pictured in the Belfast Telegraph offices. March 1955

Belfast city centre, looking towards the City Hall and the hills beyond. 25/4/1939
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Belfast city centre, looking towards the City Hall and the hills beyond. 25/4/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Belfast City Hall, composite photographs showing approaches.  26/6/1948
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Belfast City Hall, composite photographs showing approaches. 26/6/1948 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

City Hall, south side, Belfast 3/11/1942
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City Hall, south side, Belfast 3/11/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE/NMNI

Statue of Queen Victoria in the grounds of the City Hall, Belfast. 5/1/1943
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Statue of Queen Victoria in the grounds of the City Hall, Belfast. 5/1/1943 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

Belfast Castle.  February 1937
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Belfast Castle. February 1937 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

St. Anne's Cathedral, with Miss Praeger working on the figure of Solomon on the Pillar of Wisdom.  18/6/1928
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St. Anne's Cathedral, with Miss Praeger working on the figure of Solomon on the Pillar of Wisdom. 18/6/1928 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

 Outside St. Anne's Cathedral Mr. W.D. Hoskins, ARICS. and Mr. T.J. Rushton FRIBA a partner of Sir Charles Nicholson, cathedral architect with the Dean of Belfast, Very Reverend R.C.H.Elliot. 18/9/1947
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Outside St. Anne's Cathedral Mr. W.D. Hoskins, ARICS. and Mr. T.J. Rushton FRIBA a partner of Sir Charles Nicholson, cathedral architect with the Dean of Belfast, Very Reverend R.C.H.Elliot. 18/9/1947 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Presbyterian Assembly Buildings and Church House, Gt. Victoria St. Belfast  24/9/1942
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Presbyterian Assembly Buildings and Church House, Gt. Victoria St. Belfast 24/9/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Clifton St. Belfast.  13/5/1949
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Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Clifton St. Belfast. 13/5/1949 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

New' Petty Sessions Court, Victoria St. Belfast.  27/4/1943
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New' Petty Sessions Court, Victoria St. Belfast. 27/4/1943 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

Albert Bridge Road looking from Templemore Avenue citywards. 2/9/1943
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Albert Bridge Road looking from Templemore Avenue citywards. 2/9/1943 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

Building a roundabout at the junction of Ravenhill Road, Albert Bridge Road and Madrid St.  10/9/1948
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Building a roundabout at the junction of Ravenhill Road, Albert Bridge Road and Madrid St. 10/9/1948 Belfast Telegraph Collection/NMNI

Anne St. and Arthur Square, Belfast.  11/10/1946
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Anne St. and Arthur Square, Belfast. 11/10/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square North and East. Belfast.  26/7/1948
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Donegall Square North and East. Belfast. 26/7/1948 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square South and West. Belfast  3/11/1942
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Donegall Square South and West. Belfast 3/11/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Dublin Road. Belfast.  7/10/1942
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Dublin Road. Belfast. 7/10/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

High Street, Belfast, looking towards the Albert Clock.  24/2/1939
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High Street, Belfast, looking towards the Albert Clock. 24/2/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Lisburn Road, at Malone Avenue, Belfast. 3/5/1946
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Lisburn Road, at Malone Avenue, Belfast. 3/5/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Sandy Row, from Donegall Road looking towards Lisburn Road. Belfast.  10/5/1946
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Sandy Row, from Donegall Road looking towards Lisburn Road. Belfast. 10/5/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Shaftesbury Square looking towards Gt. Victoria St. and Dublin Road, Belfast.  12/11/1942
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Shaftesbury Square looking towards Gt. Victoria St. and Dublin Road, Belfast. 12/11/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Bedford St. Belfast.  6/10/1942
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Bedford St. Belfast. 6/10/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Belmont St. Woodstock Road, Belfast. 3/2/1939
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Belmont St. Woodstock Road, Belfast. 3/2/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Bloomfield Road, Belfast, looking towards the Beersbridge Road.  1/12/1947
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Bloomfield Road, Belfast, looking towards the Beersbridge Road. 1/12/1947 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

High St. from Castle Place. Belfast 20/2/1939
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High St. from Castle Place. Belfast 20/2/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

The Palm House in Botanic Gardens, Belfast.  7/5/1946
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The Palm House in Botanic Gardens, Belfast. 7/5/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Grand Opera House, The Hippodrome (Odeon), and The Ritz (ABC). In the foreground is a motorcycle and sidecar and a jeep.  5/10/1942
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Grand Opera House, The Hippodrome (Odeon), and The Ritz (ABC). In the foreground is a motorcycle and sidecar and a jeep. 5/10/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Exterior of King's Hall, Balmoral. 21/4/1949
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Exterior of King's Hall, Balmoral. 21/4/1949 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

G.N.R. railway terminus at Belfast 16/12/1937
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G.N.R. railway terminus at Belfast 16/12/1937 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Looking along the Albert Bridge to The East Bridge Street Power Station.  2/9/1943
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Looking along the Albert Bridge to The East Bridge Street Power Station. 2/9/1943 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Painting of Andrew Mulholland, founder of York Street Flax Spinning Company  4/4/1945
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Painting of Andrew Mulholland, founder of York Street Flax Spinning Company 4/4/1945 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Building of the Sydenham by-pass, a workman using a frog hammer. 25/10/1939
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Building of the Sydenham by-pass, a workman using a frog hammer. 25/10/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMN

Shipyard workers watching the launch of the "Canberra". 11/3/1960
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Shipyard workers watching the launch of the "Canberra". 11/3/1960 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Shankill Road at Canmore St.looking citywards, Belfast.  17/11/1943
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Shankill Road at Canmore St.looking citywards, Belfast. 17/11/1943 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Victoria Square, Belfast, from Victoria Street. Davis & Co. automobile engineers, Cantrell & Cochrane factory.  24/8/1939
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Victoria Square, Belfast, from Victoria Street. Davis & Co. automobile engineers, Cantrell & Cochrane factory. 24/8/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Victoria Square, Belfast, with Cantrell & Cochrane delivery lorry.  3/5/1946
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Victoria Square, Belfast, with Cantrell & Cochrane delivery lorry. 3/5/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Wilson's Court, Belfast. A narrow alley between High Street and Ann Street. Sign for "Lavery's". Gas bracket lamp.  16/5/1941
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Wilson's Court, Belfast. A narrow alley between High Street and Ann Street. Sign for "Lavery's". Gas bracket lamp. 16/5/1941 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Corner of North Street and Waring Street, Belfast. The Belfast Bank head office (formerly The Northern Bank).  22/9/1942
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Corner of North Street and Waring Street, Belfast. The Belfast Bank head office (formerly The Northern Bank). 22/9/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Old clothes market, Smithfield, Belfast.  5/1/1937
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Old clothes market, Smithfield, Belfast. 5/1/1937 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Cattle pens at The Great Northern Railway Station, Belfast, from the Albert Bridge.  2/9/1943
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Cattle pens at The Great Northern Railway Station, Belfast, from the Albert Bridge. 2/9/1943 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

The Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road, Belfast. 15/9/1942
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The Mater Hospital, Crumlin Road, Belfast. 15/9/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, from the Grosvenor Road.  21/9/1925BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, from the Grosvenor Road. 21/9/1925BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Chichester St. looking towards Donegall Square North. Belfast.  3/1/1941
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Chichester St. looking towards Donegall Square North. Belfast. 3/1/1941 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Chichester St. from Victoria St. junction. Belfast. 3/5/1946
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Chichester St. from Victoria St. junction. Belfast. 3/5/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square East, Showing a row of parked cars. Belfast   10/9/1928
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Donegall Square East, Showing a row of parked cars. Belfast 10/9/1928 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square East, with air raid shelters, from the roof of the Robinson & Cleaver building, Belfast. Top of photo cut of by the censor. 22/9/1943
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Donegall Square East, with air raid shelters, from the roof of the Robinson & Cleaver building, Belfast. Top of photo cut of by the censor. 22/9/1943 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square North from the roof of the City Hall. Air raid shelters in City Hall grounds. Belfast  15/9/1942
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Donegall Square North from the roof of the City Hall. Air raid shelters in City Hall grounds. Belfast 15/9/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Donegall Square North. Belfast  23/1/1946
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Donegall Square North. Belfast 23/1/1946 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Arthur St. looking towards Arthur Sq. and Cornmarket.  27/4/1943
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Arthur St. looking towards Arthur Sq. and Cornmarket. 27/4/1943 BELFAST TELEGRAPH COLLECTION/NMNI

Belfast, City Hall and surrounding area. Aerial Photograph.  17/8/1929
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Belfast, City Hall and surrounding area. Aerial Photograph. 17/8/1929 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE/NMNI

Stormont.Belfast.  24/10/1947
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Stormont.Belfast. 24/10/1947 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE/NMNI

Stormont, painted black with pitch to camouflage it.Trolley bus no. 26. Belfast.  26/3/1942
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Stormont, painted black with pitch to camouflage it.Trolley bus no. 26. Belfast. 26/3/1942 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE/NMNI

Smithfield market, Belfast.Young boy in a shop selling household furniture lamps and bric a brac. 26/11/1941

Smithfield market, Belfast.Young boy in a shop selling household furniture lamps and bric a brac. 26/11/1941

The stitching room of the Belfast Collar Company
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The stitching room of the Belfast Collar Company BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Albion limited Group. Machine Department Albion Ltd Belfast 1919

Albion limited Group. Machine Department Albion Ltd Belfast 1919

Yardmen busy themselves bottling gas.  30/6/1934

Yardmen busy themselves bottling gas. 30/6/1934

On a tour of the gasworks our photographer is shown the Interior Gaosmeter.  27/4/1934

On a tour of the gasworks our photographer is shown the Interior Gaosmeter. 27/4/1934

Linen Industry:Plain Weaving Shop, Brookfield Factory. 3/3/1939

Linen Industry:Plain Weaving Shop, Brookfield Factory. 3/3/1939

Linen/ Warping, York Street Factory.

Linen/ Warping, York Street Factory.

Linen/ winding weft yarn. York St. Factory.

Linen/ winding weft yarn. York St. Factory.

Linen, Damask weaving shot. Brookfield factory. York St factory.

Linen, Damask weaving shot. Brookfield factory. York St factory.

Linen Industry:View of Weaving Room, York Street Factory.

Linen Industry:View of Weaving Room, York Street Factory.

Linen Industry:Wet Spinning, York Street Mill.

Linen Industry:Wet Spinning, York Street Mill.

Albion limited Group. The visit of H.R.H. the Duke Of Gloucester to Albion Ltd Clothing maufacturers Belfast,29th May 1934

Albion limited Group. The visit of H.R.H. the Duke Of Gloucester to Albion Ltd Clothing maufacturers Belfast,29th May 1934

Manhattan Beauty Salon, Corn Market. Female customers having their hair styled. 7/5/1940

Manhattan Beauty Salon, Corn Market. Female customers having their hair styled. 7/5/1940

 On a visit to the Gasworks an employee demonstrates the Coal Gripper (The feed system of a coal getting combine, which works with a face conveyor, comprises: a traction device located on the combine and having a cylinder-shaped sprocket on the side surface of which a circular spherical-shaped recess is provided, slots being made on both inner sides of the spherical recess, said slots having an involute-spherical surface)   20/1/1938

On a visit to the Gasworks an employee demonstrates the Coal Gripper (The feed system of a coal getting combine, which works with a face conveyor, comprises: a traction device located on the combine and having a cylinder-shaped sprocket on the side surface of which a circular spherical-shaped recess is provided, slots being made on both inner sides of the spherical recess, said slots having an involute-spherical surface) 20/1/1938

Saw repair shop, McMasters, Church Lane. 19/11/1945

Saw repair shop, McMasters, Church Lane. 19/11/1945

Weaving and winding training school at Ewart's factory. Pupils at work in the classroom. 29/1/1948

Weaving and winding training school at Ewart's factory. Pupils at work in the classroom. 29/1/1948

The Countess Granville, wife of the Ulster Governor and sister of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, cutting ribbon to open childrens play centre at Bessbrook.  15/9/1945

The Countess Granville, wife of the Ulster Governor and sister of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, cutting ribbon to open childrens play centre at Bessbrook. 15/9/1945

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, visit to Northern Ireland 1945. Arriving in Belfast, being recieved by Lord Londonderry at Assembly Hall for degree ceremony at Queens. 14.9.1945

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, visit to Northern Ireland 1945. Arriving in Belfast, being recieved by Lord Londonderry at Assembly Hall for degree ceremony at Queens. 14.9.1945

James Magennis:Ulsterman awarded The Victoria Cross (VC). Belfastman decorated for his heroic actions onboard the X.E.11 Midget Submarine returning from the attack on a japanese cruiser. James Magennis with Lord Mayor Sir Crawford McCullagh at a civic reception in Belfast in 1945.

James Magennis:Ulsterman awarded The Victoria Cross (VC). Belfastman decorated for his heroic actions onboard the X.E.11 Midget Submarine returning from the attack on a japanese cruiser. James Magennis with Lord Mayor Sir Crawford McCullagh at a civic reception in Belfast in 1945.

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, visit to Northern Ireland 1945. Arriving in Belfast and being greeted at the City Hall by Sir Crawford McCullagh. 14/9/1945.

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, visit to Northern Ireland 1945. Arriving in Belfast and being greeted at the City Hall by Sir Crawford McCullagh. 14/9/1945.

BBC's Radio entertainer, Mr Gillie Potter, pictured here in Belfast. 17/2/1948

BBC's Radio entertainer, Mr Gillie Potter, pictured here in Belfast. 17/2/1948

Hon. Edward Carson, son of late Lord Carson of Duncairn, and his wife arriving for the Unionist Council meeting.  19/2/1948

Hon. Edward Carson, son of late Lord Carson of Duncairn, and his wife arriving for the Unionist Council meeting. 19/2/1948

Lady Carson, widow of Lord Carson of Duncairn, and Lady Brooke, at Stormont House.  17/2/1948

Lady Carson, widow of Lord Carson of Duncairn, and Lady Brooke, at Stormont House. 17/2/1948

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with his hosts, the P.M., Lord Brookeborough, and Lady Brooke, at Stormont.  24/6/1947

Sir Malcolm Sargent, Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with his hosts, the P.M., Lord Brookeborough, and Lady Brooke, at Stormont. 24/6/1947

Sir Arnold McNair, Judge of the Court of International Justice at the Hague, with Lady McNair and Professor J. L. Montrose.  22/10/1947

Sir Arnold McNair, Judge of the Court of International Justice at the Hague, with Lady McNair and Professor J. L. Montrose. 22/10/1947

The stitching room of the Belfast Collar Company
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Rabbi Jacob Shachter, Rabbi Belfast, Rabbi Dr I. Herzog, Chief Rabbi elect of the Holy Land, and Mr J Hurwitz at Belfast railway station.  15/3/1937

Rabbi Jacob Shachter, Rabbi Belfast, Rabbi Dr I. Herzog, Chief Rabbi elect of the Holy Land, and Mr J Hurwitz at Belfast railway station. 15/3/1937

Craftsmen finish work on the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast, under the watchful of Lord Craigavon. 14/4/1933
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Craftsmen finish work on the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast, under the watchful of Lord Craigavon. 14/4/1933 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The opening of the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast.  31/5/1933
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The opening of the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast. 31/5/1933 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Stonemasons finish work on the outside of the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast.  April 1933
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Stonemasons finish work on the outside of the Royal Courts of Justice, Oxford Street, Belfast. April 1933 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Aerial of Belfast Harbour, Thompson Wharf.  12/8/1937
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Aerial of Belfast Harbour, Thompson Wharf. 12/8/1937 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Belfast Custom House, Custom House Square, Belfast.  28/1/1930
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Belfast Custom House, Custom House Square, Belfast. 28/1/1930 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Belfast Custom House, Custom House Square, Belfast.  14/4/1928
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Belfast Custom House, Custom House Square, Belfast. 14/4/1928 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Belfast Harbour, The Quay's at the turn of the twentieth century.

Belfast Harbour, The Quay's at the turn of the twentieth century.

The construction of the Albert Memorial, dating back yo 1867.

The construction of the Albert Memorial, dating back yo 1867.

The interior of Belfast City Hall.  
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The interior of Belfast City Hall. BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The interior of Belfast City Hall. The vault and storeroom at City Hall.  5/1/1934 
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The interior of Belfast City Hall. The vault and storeroom at City Hall. 5/1/1934 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Belfast City Hall.  Donegall Square. Under construction in 1903. The Earl of Glasgow unveiling the statue of Sir Edward J Harland in the grounds of the new City Hall.
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Belfast City Hall. Donegall Square. Under construction in 1903. The Earl of Glasgow unveiling the statue of Sir Edward J Harland in the grounds of the new City Hall. BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The collapse of the central arches of the Albert Bridge.  15/9/1886
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The collapse of the central arches of the Albert Bridge. 15/9/1886 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The Albert Bridge.  15/1/1932
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The Albert Bridge. 15/1/1932 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

Spectators gather to view the Albert Bridge after the collapse of the central arches in 1886

Spectators gather to view the Albert Bridge after the collapse of the central arches in 1886

Belfast City Hall.  Donegall Square. As it looked in 1930
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Belfast City Hall.  Donegall Square. In 1912
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Belfast City Hall.  Donegall Square. Under construction in 1906
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The interior of Belfast City Hall.  
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The interior of Belfast City Hall.  18/8/1939
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The interior of Belfast City Hall. 18/8/1939 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The interior of Belfast City Hall.  
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Belfast City Hall.  Donegall Square. Under construction in 1906. The statue of Queen Victoria already in place.
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The interior of Belfast City Hall.  1951
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City Hall from Wellington Place, Belfast.  5/10/1942
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The Plattermen. 26/5/1965

The Plaza and the Orpheus in their heyday were Belfast’s two most popular ballrooms.

Sadly both have disappeared from the city scene.

But there are plans afoot for a reunion of all the dancers, jivers, revellers and lookers-on who used to pay their way in to either one of these ballrooms of romance to trip the light fantastic or just to look for someone to take in their arms and love.

The Plaza at the corner of Chichester Street and Montgomery Street was famous for its revolving stage, its afternoon dances when office workers spent their lunch hours in the quickstep or the moonlight saunter after eating their sandwiches.

It closed down for good in 1970, a victim of the Troubles.

I preferred the Orpheus in York Street which in working week days was a spacious dining hall where you could be served up a three-course meal for half a crown (two old shillings and sixpence) and at night was transformed into a dance hall where the great and the good like the Miami Showband, the Trevor Jenkins Orchestra and Dave Glover were regulars and where the late Jim Aiken was the promoter.

Now it is his son Peter, following in dad’s footsteps in the entertainment business, who is thinking of a Night of a Thousand Memories of the Plaza and the Orpheus.

And where better to stage it than the King’s Hall? It was here that a generation of Ulster youngsters learned to ice skate when the first rink in the province was laid out here in the early ’60s.

During the Second World War the Plaza was a Red Cross centre for American forces stationed here and where the great bandleader Glenn Miller dropped in one afternoon just four months before he was lost in a flight over the English Channel in 1944.

Belfast Telegraph


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