The Ards in the Sixties

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The Ards in the Sixties – from Portaferry, up through the Peninsula, through Newtown’ and out to Comber and Ballygowan – had changed little since it had dusted itself down from the effects of the Second World War. Towns and villages and streets looked as they always had, with none of today’s urban sprawl, yet in many ways British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan had it right when he said “We have never had it so good”.

The Ards of the 1960s was blessed with full employment and for its residents with wages in their pockets, the area provided a wide range of leisure activities, entertainment and sport.

Drawing on the archives of the Chronicle and a host of contributors from all walks of life for a wealth of anecdotes and photographs, the pages of this book are crammed with a veritable treasure trove of memories for you to thoroughly enjoy.

As Hugh Robinson eloquently sums it up in his foreword: “I know that in the future, if ever I need a lift, I will open The Ards in the Sixties again and again to bask in the fond memories it revives. I can only hope that Ards people near and far will derive as much pleasure from the following pages as I’ve had from helping to put them together”.

Hugh Robinson

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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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