There is a wonderful old black and white photo in mum’s archives, of an assembly of people.  Unfortunately there was nothing written below or on the backside of the photo. 

So the question is, who are these folk, as well as when and where was the photo taken.

I sort of half-recognise a few faces sitting on the front row.  I suspect the guy three from the left, sitting on that front row, is Tony Crockett.  He looks very similar to the bloke that I knew from playing bowls in Tamlaght O’Crilly Upper Church Hall in the late 1970s. 

The man standing at the very left, on the back row, also looks familiar. 

Does anyone recognise the school uniform of the lad, standing on the left of that third row.  Ballymena Academy uniform, or possibly Coleraine Academy, perhaps?

Anyone recognise the makes of the cars in the background?  That would help narrow the year that the photo was taken, down a tad. One car has a registration number of SKF 252.

Does anyone recognise the location of the photo?  Grass area with low stone walls.

I wonder if this was a photo taken of local people taken at an event such as Ballymena Agricultural Show.   Or maybe it was some other farming related event. Maybe a couple of buses had been specially laid on to take the people to the event. Remember cars were not as common back then. Early to mid-1960’s maybe?  If you have any ideas, do let me know.

Update, 25th May 2021

Many thanks to Barry Mulholland, John Kerr, Tommy Collins and Anne Kirkwood (daughter of Willie McIlrath) for their help. We are slowly putting the pieces of the jigsaw together. 

Trip to Bibby’s in Liverpool

The event was a Bibby animal feed-stuff trip, which involved taking the boat over to Liverpool.   It probably took place in 1959. Bibby’s held many such promotional events each year. Bibby’s had got into the mass production of animal feed by the late 1800s. By 1914, they employed some two thousand people in their Liverpool plant.  By 1940, they employed five thousand.     

The front boy in the Coleraine Academy blazer appears to be Trevor Crockett.

The next Coleraine Academy boy, two rows behind Trevor, is his cousin, Gordon Crockett. James Crockett is standing beside Gordon.

Trevor and John Kerr were both vets, with Trevor based in Magherafelt.

Willie McIlrath is on extreme left of the front row.  Willie’s wife is the lady on the extreme right, in the third row back. Mrs Tony Crockett is to her right. Tony Crockett himself, is on the front row, sitting, third from the left.