More than 50 teachers had launched the campaign to save the schools threatened with the axe. Teachers from Dunlamber Boys' and Somerdale Boys' Secondary Schools protesting outside the Belfast Education and Library Board office in February 1982. In a statement issued to the News Letter the teachers stated: “There is not a single educational reason to justify the decision to close either of these schools. It will effectively destroy an exercise of parental choice of schools in north Belfast. It will handicap an progress towards a properly planned rationalisation of resources in north Belfast for the next twenty years.” The staff at Somerdale school had blocked the Crumlin Road for 30 minutes during their lunchtime before joining their Dunlambert colleagues in a delegation to the board headquarters in Academy Street. Picture: News Letter archives

IN PICTURES: More old photographs from the News Letter photograph archives (1982)

Today we have another selection of photographs from the News Letter archives dating from 1982.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 12:00 pm

There are several interesting photographs including a selection of photographs related to a protest campaign which had been launched to save the schools threatened with the axe. Teachers, parents and taxi drivers all joined the campaign to save from Dunlamber Boys’ and Somerdale Boys’ Secondary Schools.

Meanwhile there are also photographs of industry minister Adam Butler when he had travelled to Carrickfergus in Co Antrim in February 1982 to launch a job creation scheme. Mr Butler was told by the mayor of the town, Mayor Alderman Ken McFaul, that he was “unwelcome”. Mr McFaul was joined by six other loyalist councillors who accused Mr Butler of “selling out to the enemies of Ulster”.

See who you might see from days gone by.

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