IN PICTURES: Through The Archives – looking back at 1982

Over lockdown we have been busy looking through the News Letter’s photographic archive and have picked out the best photographs from bygone days.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 2:50 pm

Today’s selection comes from January 1982.

See who you might see from days gone by.

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Pictured at the end of January 1982 is Glentoran goalkeeper Ken Barclay, who was emigrating to Australia, receiving a presentation from David McCullough, representing the Amalgamation of Glentoran Supporters' Clubs. Picture: News Letter archives
The changing face of motoring in 1982. Mr Mervyn Stewart, right, whose company had been awarded a BL franchise, is pictured outside new showrooms on the Ormeau Road, Belfast, with Mr Sam Bickerstaff, one of his first customers when he founded the business in 1957. They are seen here examining an Austin A35 of that era and its modern equivalent, the Mini City. Picture: News Letter archives
Back in March 1942 a seventeen-and-a-half year old apprentice walked through the door of a blacksmith's forge near Kilrea, Co Londonderry, for the first time. His name was Charles McGrath who, in January 1982 was recognised in the New Year's Honours List with a BEM. For forty years Charles retraced those initial steps on countless occasions, carrying on a trade that had almost died out by the the early 1980s. Mr McGrath was known by almost everyone in his native north Londonderry village. As a boy he had been utterly absorbed in every aspect of smithy work and was often to be found in the forge of one of the true masters of the craft in the Kilrea area, the late Andy McKendry. Mr McGrath had worked on hundreds of different jobs during his 40 years as a blacksmith. Maintaining the lock gates at Portna was just one. Picture: News Letter archives
Secretary of State Jim Prior is bombarded with questions on the future of De Lorean in January 1982 when he arrived to open a technology exhibition in Belfast. Picture: News Letter archives
Health Minister John Patten toured social services units in east Belfast at the end of January 1982. Mrs Mary Crooke, above left, sang him a song at her Beechbank House for visually and hearing impaired. Joining in are Mrs Minnie Flanagan and craft instructor Jane Garvey. Picture: News Letter archives
Minister John Patten got an idea of problems facing the blind when he tried to peel potatoes with his eyes closed. With him are Mrs Henrieyya Todd and cookery instructor Magdaline Torr. Picture: News Letter archives
Four top airline were involved in a new travel iniatiative in January 1982 which offered Northern Ireland people another gateway to North America. The airlines, Air Florida, TransAmerica, British Midlands and Loganair were all providing the air travel for a new Ulster tour operator, Mr Billy West, who ran Bestway Tours. The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Mrs Grace Bannister with Mr Tom Walden, British Midland Airline administration manager, Mr Louis Mullen, Air Florida director of sales Ireland, Mr Jim O'Brien, general manager TransAmerica Airlines, Mr Bill Best, head of Bestway Holidays, and Mr Ivor Robertson, commercial manager, Loganair. Picture: News Letter archives
The Sirocco Works in Belfast hung a “secure” tag on 650 Northern Ireland jobs in January 1982 with the opening of a multi-million pound extension. The managing director of parent company, Davidson and Co, Mr Bill Stafford, said that the jobs in Sirocco were “safer than in many other places”. Pictured is the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Mrs Grace Bannister, viewing work on the new extension with the aid of a face-protection shield. Picture: News Letter archives
Ulster business interests were urged to take part in the annual Irish Management Game in January 1982. In 1981 the Ulster champion, Bass (Ireland), came third in the national final of the computer, based business game. Pictured is Mr Jim Crossen, second from right, administrator of the Irish Management Game, with the present Ulster champion, Bass Ireland, when details were announced of the 1982 compeititon. Team members were, fro, left, Brian Houston, Gordon Cleland, Sheena McLaughlin and captain, Charles McCambridge. Picture: News Letter archives
Pupils from Grosvenor High School, Belfast, who won the Power Game Competition, run by the British Institute of Electrical Engineers, pictured in January 1982. They are, left to right, Eamon McCoy, Andrew Totten, Neil Rutledge, Ian Stringer and Amanda McIntyre. They spent two days preparing and presenting designs for a coal-fired power plant to the judges. Picture: News Letter archives