THIS WEEK BACK IN 1995

LARNE was awaiting a new Mayor - for the first time in six years, the Times reported.

Alderman Mrs Rosalie Armstrong, who had held the top spot since 1989, confirmed she was not seeking re-election.

And deputy mayor Councillor Robert Robinson revealed he was standing down. Alderman Armstrong, who had been suffering from poor health which at times prevented her from attending the council, said: “I will definitely not be going forward again.”

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BUILDERS’ skips were endangering road users, according to the police.

The RUC’s accident prevention officer for the Larne area, Nelson Stewart, said: “In some instances skips have been carelessly sited on streets and roadways in situations whereby serious injury could be caused.”

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LARNE and Red Bay lifeboats were launched to search for six canoeists reported overdue by Belfast Coastguards.

The canoeists were on their way from Larne to Cushendall. Larne lifeboat was tasked with searching from Larne northwards and Red Bay lifeboat from Cushendall. The canoeists were eventually found safe at Waterfoot.

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LOCAL farmers were warned to beware of cattle rustlers in the area after the theft of livestock valued at 50,000.

The RUC alerted landowners to anyone acting suspiciously near livestock and to note the registration of unfamiliar vehicles and lorries. The warning came after three incidents in which 18 cattle valued at 30,000 were stolen from farms in Bushmills and Randalstown.

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BALLYCARRY postmistress Elsa Robinson retired after 20 years in the job.

Members of the community presented her with a framed photograph and an old painting by local artist Sam McLarnon. Elsa had started the job in 1976.

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MEMBERS of Larne Business and Professional Women’s Club and their special guests enjoyed a 40th anniversary celebration.

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AN antique fireplace was stolen from the Inver Bleach Green premises.

The RUC said that the thieves broke a ground floor window to get into the premises and dismantled the fireplace into three parts before removing it. The fireplace was made of antique oak and was considerably valuable.

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BALLYCLARE auctioneers Messrs. JA McClelland and Sons sold two valuable farms in the Carnlough area for a total of 266,000.

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CLASSIC prison escape drama The Shawshank Redemption was showing at the Regal Cinema in Larne. Other movies included Outbreak with Dustin Hoffman and Muriel’s Wedding.

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LIVE listings included an announcement that Gah Ga would be playing at the Swiss Chalet in Newtownabbey. And Barry Sinclair, hypnotist, was scheduled to make an appearance at the Fergus Inn, Carrickfergus.

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A DATE was set for the resumption of the Larne power link inquiry.

The Planning Appeals Commission confirmed that proceedings would get underway during the summer. Issues to be addressed included the need for an interconnector project and potential noise impact. The starting date could be delayed, the Times reported, if the mining company involved decided to appeal the outcome of a judicial review into the inquiry’s scope.

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POLICE issued an appeal following an armed robbery in Larne.

A man armed with a hand gun forced the driver of a vehicle in the Circular Road car park to open the rear of his van. The man, who had an accomplice, stole a safe with an undisclosed sum of money from the van and the pair made their getaway in a white van, police said.

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LARNE Council grants should not be used fro GAA sports, Alderman Jack McKee said.

“The council has agreed to a grant of 100 towards a Glens Games event. While agreeing with this I want to sound a warning note that I will oppose the money being used for GAA sports.

“The GAA is a sectarian organisation which discriminates against sections of the community. All grants should be withheld until it stops this discrimination.”

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AN equestrian club was given the thumbs up for an innovative idea from Larne Council.

The Antrim Coast Equestrian Club warmly welcomed the establishment of a bridal path through the beautiful countryside at Carnfunnock Country Park.

This project was part of an environmental improvement scheme at Carnfunnock aiming to improve the countryside by increasing the existing path network, especially in parks and woodland.

It was also proposed to create an educational nature trail through the park to allow visitors to investigate various historical and habitat features. The bridal path would be very useful in allowing people access to the countryside.

The club was going from strength to strength just a few months after forming. A spokeswoman said: “There is no equestrian club like this in the area. People have to go to Cushendall or Ballyclare but there are so many people in Larne who are interested in equestrian matters.”