Mayor learns about the history of Whiteabbey

Brian Christie (left) from the Workers' Educational Association, Margaret King from Whiteabbey Community Group and Mayor Billy Webb. INNT 16-505CON
Brian Christie (left) from the Workers' Educational Association, Margaret King from Whiteabbey Community Group and Mayor Billy Webb. INNT 16-505CON
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THE Shared History Group which meets at Whiteabbey Community Centre welcomed a visit from Mayor Billy Webb recently.

The group meets each Tuesday evening to research their local history as part of a project funded by the Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey PEACE III Partnership. Facilitated by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), the initiative encourages participants to explore what life was like in their area in days gone by.

In the past Whiteabbey was a busy industrial area with many employed in the bleaching factory, the pickling factory and a strong tradition of generations of mill workers. The group have sourced photos and stories of local characters and plotted the changes in people’s lives from those days to the present day.

Describing Whiteabbey as an area with a wealth of history and a richness of stories borne from a hard working culture, alderman Webb commented: “I have an avid interest in local history myself so I understand the appeal of projects such as this one.

“Newtownabbey has so much history and heritage that its preservation through pictures and stories is both important and valuable and the Shared History Programme provides the opportunity to do just that.”

The Whiteabbey group, along with others involved in the programme, will be exhibiting the results of their research at Mossley Mill later in the year.

Anyone interested in being part of a similar project in their area should telephone Maura Kavanagh on 9032 9718 or email maura.kavanagh@wea-ni.com