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Belfast: It was a privilege to see my childhood played out on the big screen, says Sir Kenneth Branagh’s primary school friend

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L to R back row: Wallace Moore; Linda Page; Kenneth Branagh, on the swings: Bill Branagh (Ken’s older brother) and Doreen Armstrong. Photo taken by Eric Armstrong springtime/early summer 1966 in Mountcollyer Street, Belfast.

L to R back row: Wallace Moore; Linda Page; Kenneth Branagh, on the swings: Bill Branagh (Ken’s older brother) and Doreen Armstrong. Photo taken by Eric Armstrong springtime/early summer 1966 in Mountcollyer Street, Belfast.

The Belfast Street Directory of 1966. The Branagh family lived at number 96 and the Armstrongs at number 102 Mountcollyer Street.

The Belfast Street Directory of 1966. The Branagh family lived at number 96 and the Armstrongs at number 102 Mountcollyer Street.

Jude Hill stars as Buddy in director Kenneth Branagh's Belfast, a Focus Features release.

Jude Hill stars as Buddy in director Kenneth Branagh's Belfast, a Focus Features release.

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L to R back row: Wallace Moore; Linda Page; Kenneth Branagh, on the swings: Bill Branagh (Ken’s older brother) and Doreen Armstrong. Photo taken by Eric Armstrong springtime/early summer 1966 in Mountcollyer Street, Belfast.

A childhood friend of Sir Kenneth Branagh, who lived in the same north Belfast street as the actor and director, has told how watching his Oscar-nominated film “hit home and hit hard”.

Doreen Monds, nee Armstrong, grew up in Mountcollyer Street, a few doors down from the Branagh family and shares the same memories of unrest breaking out in the area which forced both families to leave.


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