Pensioner’s pilgrimage to mark anniversary of his christening

Billy Garrett at St John's Church, Ballycarry. INLT 37-385-PR

Billy Garrett at St John's Church, Ballycarry. INLT 37-385-PR

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A WHITEHOUSE pensioner will make a special trip to the Co Antrim village of Ballycarry this Sunday (September 18) to mark the 70th anniversary of his christening.

Billy Garrett from Belfry View was born in 1941 in the back room of a holiday cottage that his mother and grandmother rented in the village. He was christened in nearby St John’s Church on September 20 that year, and is now planning to make a return visit to the church to mark the anniversary of the occasion.

The 70-year-old, who is originally from the Shankill Road area of Belfast, said he is making the pilgrimage for “sentimental reasons”.

Although the cottage has long since been knocked down, Mr Garrett still loves going back to the village to recall and relive memories of the times he and his family spent there.

Read the full story in this week’s Times...