A book of memories written by the people of Maydown has been officially launched.
‘Maydown Memories’ was written by the Maydown Older People’s Group, which has been in operation for more than three years.
Group member Martin McCartney said that during their time flower arranging, card making, flower pot painting, attending health courses and computer courses, they were always talking of and about Stories from their past,
“After a lot of cajoling from Marie Coyle, Mary McColgan and myself, we decided we would have a go at trying to bring together a book of Reminisces,” said Martin.
“We of course had to apply for funding and received the required Money from DCC, Lloyds TSB, NWVC, and Turkington Fund.
“We then had to recruit a facilitator and we decided on Maura Johnstone from Moneymore.
“What a great choice this turned out to be as Maura had the charm, knowledge and experience to draw out the stories all the way along. Without her we would never have got here.”
Maydown Memories is based on early life, school, work, courtship, marriage, the second World War and all the twists and turns throughout life.
“We are extremely grateful to Fionnnula Deane and her staff at Yes Publications for their patience and support through the writing of the book,” said Martin. We are also grateful to all those who turned out at the launch at Strathfoyle Library. There was a very good turnout and we would like to thank the Deputy Mayor, Alderman Drew Thompson for coming along to launch the Book.
“We would also like to thank Maura Quigg, Area Manager of WELB for her support. Thanks also to Philip Mc Laughlin, Branch Library Manager, Strathfoyle Library, and Michael and Linda for all their help, advice, knowledge and support and particularly for the continued use of the Library facilities.
“I’d also like to thank Bosco Kelly and Kieron Mellon of Molins Social Club [MPE] for accommodating us over the years in their Club when we had no other premises.”
The book tells the stories of the people of Maydown, where they were born and where they grew up. It also details marriages, the war years and working life.
Ann Leslie, a member of the group who originally comes from Maydown recalls the sand and gravel place in Maydown owned by her father William Leslie. She explained how he started the business with just a cement mixer and wheel barrow. He gave Maydown School free sand each year for the sandpit for the children to play with.
Anyone interested in acquiring a copy of the book contact either ; Martin Mc Cartney at ; 02871860270 or 07958034930 or Marie Coyle at 02871860740.