There are several interesting photographs including one of Mrs Flora Shields handing over the medals her late husband, Major George Shields, to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers’ Museum. Major Shields medals had been stolen in 1964 when they were swiped from a shop during repairs. The turned up in 1980 in the East End of London. Mrs Flora Shields, the major’s widow, agreed to exchange the copies for the originals.
And there is also a photograph of Councillor Cedric Wilson launching the public petition demanding a full judicial inquiry into the Kincora Boys’ Home sex scandal outside the home on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast
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Councillor Cedric Wilson launching the public petition demanding a full judicial inquiry into the Kincora Boys' Home sex scandal outside the home on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast in February 1982. In spite of repeated pleas from public figures to make it a full judicial inquiry, Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Prior had refused. Mr Prior had maintained that it would be unfair to several witnesses called to give evidence of alleged sexual activity to have affairs open to public gaze. Picture: News Letter archives
Mrs Doreen Neill of Action MS, Mr Stanley Anderson from the Trustee Savings Bank (TSB), Mrs Ann Walker of Action MS, and Chief Inspector Cyril Gilpin of the RUC Community Relations Branch with the Bronze Boot. The boot was to be awarded to top fundraiser for the charity. Walks were planned across Northern Ireland including Belvoir Forest Park, Scrabo Country Park in Newtownards, Belfast Castle and Drum Manor Forest Park in Cookstown. Picture: News Letter archives
Hairdresser Linda Butler of the Edward John salon and winner of the L'Oreal Colour Trophy was giving talks in local schools telling pupils what it is like to be a hairdresser and what the rewards could be. Linda is pictured here in February 1982 with senior pupils at Ashfield Girls Secondary School in Belfast. She is seen demonstrating on pupil Marie Murray. Picture: News Letter archives
Pupils from Currie Primary School in Cosgrove Street, Belfast, found out in February 1982 that their free time was all “booked-up”. In an attempt to encourage eight and nine year olds to take an interest in reading, visits were being arranged to Skegoneill Library. Once a term the 25 pupils in primary four, accompanied by their teacher Mrs Anne Cooke, went to the library to learn and have stories read to them. Attracting and holding the attention of the children was the job of librarian Mrs Janet Tweed and library assistant Barry McIlhenney. Picture: News Letter archives