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A little piece of Derry history found in a Belfast market

Stella Paisley (nee Deehan originally from Derry) pictured with grandson Kevin Brownlee at St George's Market in Belfast where a trinket from Derry's past evoked a lot of memories.

Stella Paisley (nee Deehan originally from Derry) pictured with grandson Kevin Brownlee at St George's Market in Belfast where a trinket from Derry's past evoked a lot of memories.

 

Journal readers of a certain age will remember the item in this picture with fondness. No doubt for many young children it would be fascinating to learn that up until not so long ago people in Derry would wake each morning to find perhaps several of these on their doorsteps having been delivered at an ungodly hour and in all weathers.

This remnant of the city’s Old City Dairy was located recently in St George’s Market in Belfast by mother and daughter Stella Paisley and Julieann Brownlee. Stella’s maiden name was Deehan and she originally hails from Derry.

Daughter Julieann told the Journal: “My mum hadn’t been to St George’s Market since I was a baby and now I am 43. We headed off for the day and took my soon Kelvin there. It was a matter of three generations heading off for a birthday treat.

“We came across an antiques stall and the Old City Dairy bottle drew our attention straight away. Gosh, it did bring back memories. I asked how much the bottle was and the guy said £4. I had to buy it for mum as it was such a bargain. We then took a seat and had tea and just reminisced. It was honestly the cheapest and best present ever!

“Not only was it a nostalgic day for mum but my son got a whole new insight into his grandmother’s past. My mum left Derry many years ago but a majority of her family still live in the city. Believe it or not right through the Troubles Derry was our holiday haven. I loved heading down on school holidays and although we don’t get down as often as we’d like we are still extremely proud to call Derry our second home.”

 

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