There are several interesting photographs including a selection of photographs related to a protest campaign which had been launched to save the schools threatened with the axe. Teachers, parents and taxi drivers all joined the campaign to save from Dunlamber Boys’ and Somerdale Boys’ Secondary Schools.
Meanwhile there are also photographs of industry minister Adam Butler when he had travelled to Carrickfergus in Co Antrim in February 1982 to launch a job creation scheme. Mr Butler was told by the mayor of the town, Mayor Alderman Ken McFaul, that he was “unwelcome”. Mr McFaul was joined by six other loyalist councillors who accused Mr Butler of “selling out to the enemies of Ulster”.
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Police take the names and addresses of black taxi drivers in February 1982 after they threw their weight behind the street campaign to save Dunlambert Boys' and Somerdale Boys' Secondary schools. Their cabs were used to block traffic at the Antrim Road, Donegall Street and Shankill Road. The drivers joined parents from both schools on the picket line. Picture: News Letter archives
More than 300 people filled the assembly hall at Dunlambert Boys' Secondary School in north Belfast to hear a range of speakers, including the Reverend Ian Paisley, and to sign a declaration of disgust at the attitude of the Belfast Education and Library Board. Anger at the board's decision was evident from the start and many of the parents carried placards with slogans such as 'Educational vandalism' and 'We say no to closure'. The declaration stated: â€œWe demand the full exercise of parental choice in the selection of a school for our children. Our choice is to continue to send them to Dunlambert. Picture: News Letter archives
Industry minister Adam Butler travelled to Carrickfergus in Co Antrim in February 1982 to launch a job creation scheme was was told by the mayor of the town that he was “unwelcome”. Mr Butler's arrival for the announcement that Enterprise Carrickfergus would received a £235,000 EEC grant for the creation of new jobs in the industrially rundown town brought him face-to-face with protesting DUP Mayor Alderman Ken McFaul and six other loyalist councillors who accused him of “selling out to the enemies of Ulster”. Above, the minister is confronted by the Mayor of Carrickfergus Councillor McFaul as he arrives at Carrickfergus Castle. Below, Mr Butler, centre, with Councillor Paddy Conway, right, chairman of Enterprise Carrickfergus, and board member Robert Hunter. Pictures: News Letter archives