Belfast, Floral Hall, Hazelwood 1936

Memories of Belfast

Coffee |Bar Cowboys

After school - Belfast Royal Academy - a liitle gang of us would take the bus down to Royal Avenue and head for the Lombard restaurant in Lombard Street. It was a very comfortable, spacious place, founded by the Ulster ...Read full memory

A memory of Belfast by John Mc Millan

Elmwood Church

My late husband Jim played the pipe organ in this church. Our eldest son, Mark, aged about 5 at the time, used to go with him and insisted on sitting on the console with him. Although we lived in the area during the troubles, we were sufficiently removed from it to be able to feel fairly secure.

Who Was The Original Fenella?

In the year of 1981 in Dublin (I'm from Antrim) I was lucky enough to meet a lovely girl called Fenella. I always wondered where her name came from.

A memory of Belfast by Charles Nelson

Old School

I went to help with the cubs and scouts while at the teacher training college with Alfie Johnston and Freda Musson (later Freda Johnston). Frank Denmark was the headteacher. He had served in the war and lost a leg. Though he had ...Read full memory

A memory of Belfast by Jim Mc Laughlin
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History

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.

This is an excerpt from Belfast Photographic Memories, by Henry Hall

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