Sir Crawford McCullagh – Belfast’s Dick Whittington

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Sir Crawford, born into a farming family in Co. Down, became the longest serving Lord Mayor in the United Kingdom.  He guided Belfast through both World Wars and initiated a 5 minute silence in 1916 to honour the fallen at the Battle of the Somme.  This has now become a widely used symbol of respect worldwide.  He dominated civic and commercial life in Belfast during the early 20th Century, helping to create the commercial centre of Belfast. Many of our familiar landmarks in Northern Ireland such as Belfast Zoo, Castle Place and Belfast Castle were the results of his foresight and drive.

He started working as an apprentice in The Bank Buildings at 14 years of age and ended his career entertaining Royalty and world leaders such as Eisenhower.

This biography is a profile of his life, his family, the people he met  throughout his distinguished career as First Citizen and the extraordinary times he lived through.  It reveals a far thinking man who was driven by a love of his adopted city and desire to improve the lives of all who lived there.

Susan B. Cunningham

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