Brookeborough opens new Larne Tech 1959

Prime Minister Lord Brookeborough officially opened the new Larne Technical College.

The premises was built at a cost of £332,000.

Four hundred guests were in attendance including the Minister of Education Morris May.

Declaring the college open, Lord Brookeborough, said: “If we are to retain our place as an inventive and progressive country and one where the future on our economic prosperity depends, we must make the most of our available brain power, skills and talent.”

The Prime Minister and his wife were given a guard of honour by students to the door way where they were greeted by Mr. WJ Donald, chairman of Antrim County Education Committee.

They were introduced to college staff, 29 full-time and 27 part-time teachers.

Lord Brookeborough added: “Here in Larne when Associated Electrical Industries were building up their initial labour force, the technical college gave most valuable assistance by providing training courses for unemployed men.”

Two hundred and 43 trainees were employed by the firm between 1953 and 1957, the Times reported.