Looking back... Farmer was ‘like a groom with a shotgun pointed at his head’

A farmer who agreed to sell land to the Ministry of Commerce to make way for a new factory development in Glengormley was compared to a “bridegroom going to the altar after a shotgun had been pointed at his head.”

The comment was made by QC Frank Reid during a hearing of the Lands Tribunal in May 1968.

The farmer owned 51 acres of land at Derry Road, off Hightown Road, Glengormley.

The tribunal had been asked to fix a price for the land.

The Ministry valuer had placed a value of £44,000 on the site.

Three other landowners had also been approached regarding a sale.

The Ministry had been seeking to acquire land totalling 132 acres for use in the development of the factory site.