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ESTABLISHED IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2007
Article Contents & Photographs kindly supplied by Mr. George Kirkpatrick.
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Cathy asked me to write a little article for her site describing the Tigers-Bay I knew when growing up in the 1940's and 50's something I am only too happy to be able to do as being born at no 8 Lawther Place which at that time was one of the tiny streets making up the the "bay" I have very fond memories indeed of not only the area but its wonderful people. The others streets
making up the "bay" at that time were Collyer Street, Mackey Street, Osbourne Street and with Lawther Street running across top and Robina Street the bottom, although to all intents and purposes Hallidays Road and Boyle Street were always at that time at least by me thought of as a part of the bay as well. While not totally self sufficient as a community most of what
we required could be obtained from within the area and that which couldn't was easily purchased from the nearby Duncairn Gardens where indeed the shopping was more than adequate with Rolston's Barber shop, Magills Newsagents, Medleys, Turners Fruit shop and Charltons Hardware Store at the corner of the "Gardens" and Hallidays Road where I worked part time after school delivering rolls of oil cloth etc for more than a year when aged thirteen.In my opinion at that time during the 1940's and 1950's, the mainshops within the "bay" were Davy Rowans grocery on Lawther Street almost facing Lawther Place and opposite on the corner of Lawther Place was Davy Toppings chippie who's fish and chips are still thought of today by myself as the best ever tasted and I have tasted more than a few fish suppers in my time. LOL.Reminise more with George Kirkpatrick to the right of the page.
One of the most beautiful photographs sent by a Mr George Kirkpatrick above. Deplicting openess.
Sadly today the picture is much different, the beautiful view is blocked by a Peace Wall.Alexandra Park Peace Wall, Remains Today, Shamefully Controversial.
This Map was kindly provided by a Resident of Tiger's Bay, who wishes to remain anomymous.What the Map does show in comparison to an ordance street map of North Belfast, a true picture of how many streets have been lost in the Tiger's Bay area.In comparison the number of Social Housing properties available yesteryear far out weighs the number of Social Housing available today.Forgive me for my ignorance but I was always taught the Future would bring us Growth! Not amputation!
The Park Bar at the top of Osbourne Street was another very important part of the community at that time and indeed there are many like myself I am sure who will have fond memories of seeing their first TV on it's premise's while watching the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. A rather plain down to earth type of pub it was which in later years when being taken over by Ernie Watson and being renovated and turned into a place of entertainment it became a very vibrant place indeed and many was the happy night spent with friends within its doors. Other shops of note were of course Jack Dowey's at the stumps at the bottom of Collyer Street a lovely man who helped so many by putting purchases on the slate until payday rolled around. Jacks son-in law owned the grocery shop at corner of Cosgrove and Collyer Streets and his daughter who's name I now forget a wee veggie shop at the bottom of Mackey Street
Other shops that spring to mind were the little wine store at bottom of Collyer Street, Jack Whites at top of Mackey Street and my favourite when a child, Lizzie Kernahans wee sweetie shop at the corner of Boyle Street and Lawther Street were I would rush with my pocket money in one hand and sweetie coupons in the other to buy my rhubarb rock and other much loved sweets from her shop which I thought at that time through a child's eyes to contain the best selection of sweets in the world! Door to door delivery was the thing in them days as we had the "McCombs Bakery" van come round the streets every morning loaded up with such goodies as snowballs, diamonds, custard buns etc, and of course all kinds of fresh bread. We also had Walter Pascoe from Lawther Place who toured the area with his lorry loaded up with fresh vegtables and many was the time during the Summer holidays when with Robert his son we would assist him on his rounds each earning the princely sum of one shilling each for our troubles. Tom Heald and Archie Erskine took care of all milk deliveries in the area at that time with Archie owning the bottling plant where all milk was bottled and it being situated directly across the street
from my old house in Lawther Place.And of course there was Alex (Bull) Patterson who with horse and cart and singing at the top of his voice would deliver coal to every household in the bay, quite the character was Alex!!And finally, as I have to stop somewhere! LOL. But as I write more memories crowd my mind! finally there was Sydney Blaine from Lilliput Street who with his wee donkey and cart, a cart upon which I sat up beside him on many a time while travelling all around the "bay" collecting refuse again getting maybe sixpence for assisting him. A great place for a child to grow up in those days as one only needed to set foot outside ones front door and there to find a multitude of friends to play with, Harry McKenna, DavyTopping, Robert and Jim
Pascoe, Norman and Billy Watson, Tucker and Jimmy Noble, Billy Cotter, Tom Davy and Sandy Glass, Jackie Irvine, Frankie Brennan, Alec Gordon and many many more, and I should mention a wee girl
that even today after all these years I am still in contact with and that is wee Joanie Gallaway who came from the bottom of Lawther Place. Aye good friends every one of them and the memory of pleasant days
spent running about the bay when only a lad has never left me.
If two groups can't get on - Protestants and catholics - then how can multiple diversities get on
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