Times Gone By - February 1981

Maureen Campbell, Racecourse Road, Derry, winner of the McEwans Lager �1,000 talent coompetition at the Camelot Lounge, Derry, pictured receiving her first prize cheque for �500 from McChristy Newtown, manager of the Camelot. (1902MM01)
Maureen Campbell, Racecourse Road, Derry, winner of the McEwans Lager �1,000 talent coompetition at the Camelot Lounge, Derry, pictured receiving her first prize cheque for �500 from McChristy Newtown, manager of the Camelot. (1902MM01)

City’s William Street baths will not close.

To allay fears and stop rumours relayed to them by a deputation at a meeting of the Amenities and Leisure Committee of Derry City Council, acting chairman, Councillor Pat Devine took the opportunity to publicly state the committee’s intentions regarding the future of the William Street baths. “There has never been a suggestion to close William Street baths,” he said.

Ambrose Moore, Marian ABC, winner of the 6st 7lbs title at the Derry and District Championship, pictured with club trainer Ted McGinley. (1902MM02)

Ambrose Moore, Marian ABC, winner of the 6st 7lbs title at the Derry and District Championship, pictured with club trainer Ted McGinley. (1902MM02)

And the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Marlene Jefferson, supported Councillor Devine adding that the Council’s only concern was whether the facility was workable. She knew that the young people of the Waterside among others had also expressed fears about the future of the facility. She said she would do all in her power to see that the facilities were maintained.

Alderman Joe Fegan, the deputy mayor, explained that the matter would be raised later in the meeting under confidential business but added that it was safe to say that the baths will not close.

Derry’s streets are missing name plates - Derry City Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee has been informed that 934 name plates are missing from local streets.

The Town Clerk, Mr Colm Geary, reported that following a number of complaints about the lack of name plates throughout the city, the chief technical services officer had carried out a survey of the entire city, which revealed that 934 name plates were required to bring the provision up to standard.

Mrs Mary Friel, Dumcliff Avenue, pictured with four generations of her family. At back is her daughter, Mrs Mimi Prince, Meenan Drive, and from left, granddaughter Marie McGeady, great grandson, Daniel McGeady, 4 weeks, granddaughter and great grandson Alma Sandy and 27 year-old Derek Sandy. (1902MM03)

Mrs Mary Friel, Dumcliff Avenue, pictured with four generations of her family. At back is her daughter, Mrs Mimi Prince, Meenan Drive, and from left, granddaughter Marie McGeady, great grandson, Daniel McGeady, 4 weeks, granddaughter and great grandson Alma Sandy and 27 year-old Derek Sandy. (1902MM03)

Of those, 160 had already been erected, and the cost of erecting the additional 774 signs was £18,000. Mr Geary added that while no provision had been made in the estimates for the work, there was no reason why the signs could not be erected with monies reserved in the repairs and renewals fund. With regard to when the remaining signs will be erected, the committee agreed to leave it to the Council officers to put together the best financial package.

Need for Derry cancer unit discussed - A meeting was held in the Nurses’ Home, Altnagelvin, under the auspices of the Soroptomist Club of Derry, to consider the subject of cancer, particularly as it effects women.

Representatives of all the women’s organisations in the city were invited to attend, and a large gathering watched films and facts about cancer and listened to Mr Harry Bennett, the senior consultant surgeon at the hospital, who spoke of the progress that is being made in this field, and answered questions from the audience.

Colonel D. G. C. Whyte, senior radiologist, then told the meeting of the work of his department and explained the urgent need for a new cancer treatment unit.

Jacqueline Brown, Carnhill, on left, winner of the under 12 section, and Mary Whoriskey, Shantallow YC, winner of the under-14 section of the NI Youth Clubs' disco championship. (1902MM04)

Jacqueline Brown, Carnhill, on left, winner of the under 12 section, and Mary Whoriskey, Shantallow YC, winner of the under-14 section of the NI Youth Clubs' disco championship. (1902MM04)

The machine which was formerly used at Altnagelvin is now worn out and no Health Service funds are available for replacement. A sum of £35,000 is needed to supply a new machine, and it is hoped that money can be raised.