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People And Events

In this section we hope to reflect the range of people who live, and have lived in Groomsport, over the years.  We also want to represent events – community events and family events that have occurred.
We are very grateful to Perry Moore who has given us permission to use images from his extensive collection of photos and from his Groomsport Generations Facebook page.

Bobby Dunbar, Alfie Waterson and Arthur Waterson

This photograph is thought to date from 1900s

0063 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Three Girls, 1900s

The girls are identified as Storeen Niblock, Maureen Oughton and Patsy McDowell

0064 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Children, 1900s

The children have been identified, by Roberta Waterson Fraser as: Kitty Niblock, unknown, Uncle Charlie, Ellen Bryan and wee John Waterson.

0065 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Men and Children outside Rocket House, 1916

The Rocket House, which contained lifesaving apparatus, such a breechers buoys was on Main Street, beside the second National School.

Included are James Russell, John Mackintosh, Fred Waterson, Gordon Murdoch and Hugh Bell.

0066 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Confirmation at the Parish Church, 1926

The photograph is thought to include Roy Hillis, Grosvenor Evans, Alfie, Alec, Robbo and John Waterson, Jack Conroy, Willie Smith, Nelly and Winnie Waterson and Rachael and Lena Orr.

0067 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Sanford Gordon, James Russell and George Adams, 1927

0068 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Football team, 1930s

0069 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Edith, Mayua, Roberta, Maureen and Marlyn, 2018

? members of the Waterson family.

0102 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Children c.1931

Roberta Waterson Fraser has identified the children as follows: Front row: Johnny Wilson, auntie Marie, Eileen Savage and Sammy McDowell.Back row: Unknown, Harry Savage, George Bell, Patricia McDowell and Bobby Dunbar.

0071 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Betty and Susan Moulson, 1945

Ruth Fee has provided this description.

This is a photo of my Nanny Betty Moulson, and my Mum Susan Moulson (as was) and it would have been taken in the Spring of 1945 as Mum was born on 27th June 1944. She looks around 10 months old in this picture.

Nanny is sitting on a wall with the old cottages on Main Street behind her that were knocked down to build the old shelters. She was facing into where they were living at the time, Providence Place on the Hill in the village, in her Granny Heyburn’s cottage. Nanny and Mum lived in Providence Place until Grandad Arthur was demobbed in December 1945, arriving back in Groomsport on Christmas Eve.

0101 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jane and William Waterson, 1930s

Jane and William lived in Main Street.

0070 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Fanny Waterson, 1988

0103 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Fanny Waterson, undated

0104 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Myrtle Irvine and George Mooney, 1968

0105 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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James French, John Barrons, John Waterson and Willie Angus, 1956

0108 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Boys, 1960s or 1970s

0107 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Community Centre members, 1989

Members of the Community Centre are pictured at a tea party and dance in the Boathouse. Cutting from the County Down Spectator.
0106 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Football team, 1960s

0109 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jimmy Emerson with Anna and Parkey Long

The Longs lived in Virginia House.

0114 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Herbert (Harry) Green and Ellen (Nellie) Waterson marriage

0111 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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James Waterson and his granddaughter, Roberta, 1953

James and Roberta are pictured on the steps of the old First national School which, after it closed in 1895, was adapted for housing.

0112 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jean Holmes and Mervyn

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Groomsport Village Association distributing EU butter, 1980s

The GVA distributed EU butter and beef to senior citizens. The photograph, which is a cutting form the County Down Spectator, shows Pearl brown, chair of GVA, hading over some butter. Also in the photo are Mrs Huddleston, secretary, and Mrs Meehan and Mrs Emberson, GVA committee members.

0110 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport children, 1980s

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Summer Scheme for children, 1980s

These children and leaders took part in the South Eastern Education and Library Board’s summer scheme.

0117 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Fiona and Heather Kinnaird and ponies, 1980

The sisters are pictured at a Pony club gymkhana at Belvedere Riding Centre.
Cutting from the County Down Spectator.

0118 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Mothers’ Union at Glenganagh, date unknown

Glenganagh was owned by the Kingham family.

0123 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Meehan Family, date unknown

Meehan Family, date unknown

0121 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Mr and Mrs Meehan marriage, date unknown

0122 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Lorna and Jim Nelson, 1950s

0120 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Marriage of Arthur Moulson and Betty Heyburn, 1941

Arthur and Betty were married on 1st December 1941. Arthur was stationed at Groomsport House with the Royal Engineers and the couple met in July 1941.

0124 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Primary School staff, date unknown

The staff are Mrs Dempster, Mrs Fitzsimmons, Mrs Mawhinney and Mrs McKechnie.

0125 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jim and Brian Nelson, 1981

0087 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Granny Niblock, date unknown

0127 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jeffrey Burleigh, 2016

Jeffrey was in Australia for 40 years.

0093 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Telephone Box, Main Street, 1960s

0129 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Bertie Murphy, Bangor Football Club

Bertie Murphy had a shop in Main Street, Groomsport.

0096 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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MR and MRS MOULSON, 1941

This picture of Betty and Arthur Moulson was taken in 1941, sitting on the grass verge beside the Private Walk on the ‘third beach’ (Cove Bay).  Arthur Moulson, from Old Swan in Liverpool, was a Royal Engineer and was stationed at the Groomsport House Hotel.  Betty Heyburn first met Arthur on the 11th July 1941 when out for a walk with her friend, who had asked Betty if she had met any soldiers.  She replied she had not, but there was “one coming along here I quite like the look of”, and that was Arthur Moulson.  They got married on 1st December 1941, with Arthur being demobbed in December 1945.  They had two children, Susan (1944) and Deborah (1953).  It was a marriage filled with love, and they lived most of their married life in Springwell Crescent, Groomsport.

Description provided by Ruth Fee, their granddaughter.

0072 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

Elaine Nixon, 1970s

This cutting from the County Down Spectator reported that Elaine, a teacher at Carrowdore Primary School was travelling to New Zealand on a teacher exchange scheme.

0128 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Coffee Shop opening, 1990

Extract from the County Down Spectator.

0094 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Fundraising for Combat Cancer, mid 1980s

This cutting from the County Down Spectator shows Neil Granger of Combat Cancer presenting a certificate to Groomsport Combat Cancer Group which had raised £2,000 through a sponsored walk form Groomsport to Bangor. Receiving the certificate were Ian and Keith Carmichael, proprietors of the Groomsport Inn.

0130 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Billy Dunbar and Watersons

Roberta Waterson Fraser identified the following, sitting on the steps of the First National School, which was later converted into six housing units. “Billy Dunbar, great auntie Nora, auntie Marie and uncle Charlie, Marilyn, Alfie and me.”

0097 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Billy Dunbar

Billy Dunbar is on the right.

0098 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Christine and Sandra Weglarz, August 1976

Extract from the County Down Spectator.

0084 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Marriage of Billy and Maisie Dunbar, 1954

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John Angus and Robbo Waterson, 1990s

0089 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Pantomime, 1980

The tin soldiers, bunnies, the cow and other characters from ‘ Babes in the Wood” which was performed at the Walter Nelson Hall.

0085 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Old Boys Seconds, 1980

From the County Down Spectator.

0086 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Nellie Green née Waterson, date unknown

0126 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Jo Bannister, 1982

Extract form the County Down Spectator

0088 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Robert Gamble Moore (1910-1985)

0099 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Sadie Beattie and family, May 1984

Roberta Waterson Fraser described this photo:
“Elsie Beattie with her mum, Sadie, sister-in-law Lily, nieces Pamela and Karen and their children”

0090 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Darts Team, 2012

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Billy Dunbar and Maureen Erskine, 2015

0092 Photograph supplied by Perry Moore

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Groomsport Ladies, 2016

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“Wee” William Waterson, c.1929

William Waterson was a fisherman and, possibly, also a member of the Lifeboat crew. He is pictured outside his cottage on Main Street.

0049 Photograph supplied by Roberta Waterson Fraser and reproduced with permission.

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Train rides at Village Fete, 1970s

The “Kinnegar Flyer” has a full load of passengers. The Watch House can be seen in the background.

0143 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

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Stall at Village Fete, 1970s

One of the stalls in one of the marquees.

0142 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

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Village Fete – Martin-Baker Ejection Seat

In the early 1970s, Dr James Martin, inventor of this seat for pilots, opened the village Fete. He had been in the Bible Class of Rev James Legate of Raffrey, before Rev Legate was called to serve in Groomsport.

0144 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Village Fete, 1982

The marquees were provided by the Army.

0146 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

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Arriving at the Village Fete, 1982

Mrs Maureen Irwin arriving in style to open the Village Fete. On the left is Rev Dr David Irwin. On the right is Rodney Kinnaird, the owner of the 1922 Rolls Royce Silvercloud.

0145 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Collecting waste paper, 1971

As part of the Presbyterian Church’s fundraising to re-roof the church, money was raised form collecting waste paper which was reprocessed into egg boxes.

From left to right, outside the Walter Nelson Hall, are Guiler Kennedy, Mr McCullough, Mr McKay (with Rev Irwin’s daughter, Mandy, aged 3, on his shoulders), Mr William Andrews, Mr Bob Martin (with Gillian Irwin, aged 5, Mr Derek Johnston and Mr James Russell.

0147 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Flower Festival, 1991. 1 of 2

Flower festivals were held at the Presbyterian Church on several years. The theme of the festival in 1991 was “Majesty”.

0148 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Flower Festival, 1991. 2 of 2

Enjoying the floral arrangements in 1991 were Mrs Maureen Irwin, Rev Dr David Irwin, Mr Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Mrs Lindsay Brooke.

0149 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Groomsport Presbyterian Church, 150th anniversary, 1991

Mrs Maureen Irwin presented a silver salver to mark the anniversary to Mr Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Also included are, from left to right, Dr Betty Foreman (Clerk of Session), Mrs Lindsay Brooke and Rev dr David Irwin.

0150 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

Fund raising cycle ride, 1981

A fun day cycle ride to Donaghadee and back was held to raise funds for the Presbyterian Church. The cyclist are pictured outside the Walter Nelson Hall.

0151 Photograph supplied by Rev Dr David Irwin and Mrs Maureen Irwin

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Groomsport Primary School pupils at Ulster Folk Museum, date unknown

These pupils were experiencing what it was life to attend school in bygone years at the old school at the Ulster Folk Museum, cultra.

0162 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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Pupils and staff of the second National School, 1920s 1 of 2

This photograph, which is believed to date from 1919-1921, shows the children and staff of the second National School. After it closed in 1962, the school building becane the Presbyterian Church’s Walter Nelson Hall.

0163 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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Pupils and staff of the second National School, 1920s 1 of 2

The teachers in this photograph were Mr Brownlee and Mrs Bradley.

0164 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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Pupils of the second National School, date unknown

0165 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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The opening of Groomsport Primary School, 1962

Groomsport Primary School replaced the second National School (later known as the Public Elementary School) in a new building on Springwell Drive. It was opened on 15th March 1962.

0166 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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Pupils and teachers of Groomsport Primary School, June 1963

0167 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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Pupils and teachers of Groomsport Primary School, 2007

This photograph was taken just before the school closed in 2007.

0168 Photograph supplied by Linda Mehaffey

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