Bangor in the Seventies

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While Bangor in the Sixties covered a period of immense change in the seaside town of Bangor but still harked of an era of idyllic Saturday evenings spent on the sea wall at Queen's Parade and ice creams at Pickie Pool, Bangor in the Seventies covers not only similar pleasant memories, but it documents too the more sinister edge of the Seventies as the town found itself touched by the escalating Troubles.

Author Terence Bowman not only deals sensitively with the atrocities which touched the lives of too many families in the town, he also turns the spotlight on the various youth, cultural and sporting groups in Bangor whose efforts helped maintain a degree of normality, particularly for the young people who could so easily have fallen prey to the madness going on around them.

And who could forget the night the Bay City Rollers rocked the Tonic Cinema? Or the success of Bangor Grammar in the Schools' Cup? Or the adventures of Snookie the Badger? It's all here...

Packed with over 500 images of Bangor and Bangorians, the majority of which are taken from the County Down Spectator, which will bring memories flooding back, and with reminiscences of the era from eminent Bangorians including Sammy Wilson, Lembit Opik and Colin Bateman, Bangor in the Seventies is an essential addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has links with Bangor.

Terence Bowman

Terence Bowman, great-grandson of Alexander Bowman, was born in Bangor in 1957 and attended Bangor Grammar School. He is editor of the Mourne Observer in Newcastle, Co. Down, which he joined in 1976, having completed the National Council for the Training of Journalists' pre entry course at the Belfast College of Business Studies. In 1991 he edited and published Railway Memories, which told the recollections of former employees of the railways in Co. Down.

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