Belfast, Floral Hall, Hazelwood 1936

Belfast, Floral Hall, Hazelwood 1936

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This building at Hazelwood was brand-new when the photograph was taken. It looks as if it was intended for Portrush, and is an enthusiastic example of the architecture of the time. It also reflects the social history of Belfast: to begin with, it was referred to as a concert hall, but to the young people of the next 25 years, it was a ballroom, and its isolation never detracted from its fame. They went to waltz, quick-step and fox-trot to orchestras which included violins as well as saxophones and trombones.

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Memories of Belfast, Floral Hall, Hazelwood 1936

A Day With My Granny Baird

back in the years 1947 /1950 ,my grand mother and I would spend a day at Hazelwood ,if I recall correctly by the steps they had a little carnival ,then we would make our way to the Floral hall ,which in those days had a silver tea room ,whiter than white table cloths ,the waitress,s dressed in black with white pinny,aprons and white tiara,s ,3 tiered cake stands stood on the tables and tea was poured was poured from a silver tea pot ,I was in awe goggled eyed ! and I always recall my granny whispering in my ear that she had no money and we would have to wash the dish,s ,!! x

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