Bangor in the Seventies
While Bangor in the Northern Ireland of the Sixties still harked of an era of idyllic Saturday evenings spent on the sea wall at Queen’s Parade and ice creams at Pickie Pool, Bangor in the Seventies covers not only similar pleasant memories, but it documents too the more sinister edge of the Seventies as the town found itself touched by the escalating Troubles.
Author Terence Bowman not only deals sensitively with the atrocities which touched the lives of too many families in the town, he also turns the spotlight on the various youth, cultural and sporting groups in Bangor whose efforts helped maintain a degree of normality, particularly for the young people who could so easily have fallen prey to the madness going on around them.
And who could forget the night the Bay City Rollers rocked the Tonic Cinema? Or the success of Bangor Grammar in the Schools’ Cup? Or the adventures of Snookie the Badger? It’s all here…
Packed with over 500 images of Bangor and Bangorians, the majority of which are taken from the County Down Spectator, which will bring memories flooding back, and with reminiscences of the era from eminent Bangorians including Sammy Wilson, Lembit Opik and Colin Bateman, Bangor in the Seventies is an essential addition to the bookshelf of anyone who has links with the town.