Holiday Album Patricia Harte Helen's Bay
Gale & Nicola Watt, Rossglass June 1968
FRIDAY June 14th 1968, At 10.00, we left Rossglass on our first visit back
to Northern Ireland. We took Benjamin Batric with us in the back of the
Vauxhall. Having lunch at 1.00 on the way, we arrived at Harry and Anne's
house in Alsager Cheshire, at 3.00. We stayed there until 5.30 and were at
the ship in Liverpool Docks a couple of hours later. Half an hour
afterwards, we drove on board.
SATURDAY June 15th, at
7.30 a.m. we drove off at Belfast and were at Uncle Noel's house in Holywood
for breakfast at 8.00. In the afternoon we called at Jane's in Donegal Park
Avenue but she was out, so we called at Judy's in Jordanstown and stayed
R. H. Harte, Hollywood (Holywood) on Wesley's motorbike
SUNDAY June 16th, After dinner, the three of us went to Kabakona, Helen's
Bay, and saw Aunt Hilda, James, Mary and Mary's fiancé, Bill Strahan. At
7.00 we went to Jane's and gave her her wedding presents.
MONDAY June 17th, We went
into Belfast and has lunch at the Step-Aside Cafe, I bought three dolls for
my collection. After our early lunch we met Mrs. Turner, wife of the
Methodist minister of Carlisle Memorial Church and had afternoon tea at the
Manse. We were back in Holywood by 6.00 after fruitlessly trying to buy some
toy soldiers for Cousin Peter.
TUESDAY June 18th, In the afternoon we went to call on Eileen Hughes at her
parents home in Mount Vernon, she has come back from Africa to have her
baby. After a meal in another Step-Aside Cafe, Mum and Dad left me with
Dorothy MacElroy for a couple of hours in Annadale terrace.
WEDNESDAY June 19th, We
went to Kabakona for dinner. Mary has quite an array of Wedding Presents
laid out in the dining room. Some people came for afternoon tea and we
stayed for tea. Then we took James to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he
is a doctor, and went on to collect Jane. We went to Carrickfergus to see
her and David Robinson's new house. Mum and Dad left us at her house in
Donegal Park Avenue, and later she and David, who arrived in the evening,
took me back to Holywood.
THURSDAY June 20th, In
the afternoon, Dad and I took Mum to see Mrs. McKenna, who was our 'help' in
Bartras and Burnbrae. Leaving her there we went to Somerton House, the
Preparatory School attached to B.H.S., to see Mr. Rawlings, the headmaster.
Afterwards, we went next door to see his wife, before collecting Mum, and a
cup of tea. In the evening Mum and Dad went to see Mr. and Mrs. Noble in
Jordanstown, opposite Burnbrae, leaving me at Mrs. Heaney's, where I saw my
ex-fellow Rangers: Joan Rolston, Pat Dixon (Dougherty that was) and Rhoda
FRIDAY June 21st, In the
afternoon, we went into Belfast for Dad to hire a morning suit and go to a
meeting. Then, we called at Hilary Carroll's house in Ormeau Avenue,
there was no-one at home. Aunt Ethel, Aunt Jill's mother, is now in
SATURDAY June 22nd, In
the afternoon, we went to Lurgan and had tea with Anne and Bill and their
family. They took us to see their marvellous new house. It was nearly
complete, but the stair landing was only a frame, across which Bill had to
help Mum and I.
SUNDAY June 23rd, we took
Jane for a picnic at White Park Bay in the afternoon.
Jane Adams at Whitepark Bay
MONDAY June 24th, We took Judy and her mother for a drive up the North
Antrim coast in the afternoon and had a very good tea in the Marine Hotel,
TUESDAY June 25th, Dad left me at Judy's and Mum at Mrs. Noble's while he
went to B.H.S. he collected me about 3.00 and we went to the Nobles. Mum had
popped over the road to see Mrs. MacKnight in Burnbrae. We had afternoon tea
with Mrs. Noble. Then we called at Maureen Barnett's, no-one at home. In the
evening, Mum and Dad left me with Jane while they went for a dinner to the
Turners at the Manse. Janes minister called with a bible as a Wedding
Present for her. She made us a chip supper.
WEDNESDAY June 26th, In
the evening, Mum and Dad took me to Dorothy's. She gave me a doll of
Elizabeth she had made for my collection.
Mr. and Mrs. W. McB. Adams request the pleasure of the company of Miss
Patricia Harte at the marriage of their daughter Jane Anne to Mr. David J.
Robinson, at Seaview Presbyterian Church, on Thursday, 27th June, 1968, at
12 noon, and afterwards at Belfast Castle - 12 Downview Drive, Belfast 15.
THURSDAY June 27th 1968, Jane's Wedding. It was in Seaview Presbyterian
Church. Before we went in, we went and spoke to Eileen who was going to sit
in her car outside. As she was coming down the aisle, Jane turned her head
towards me, I was at the end of the pew and smiled at me, raising her hand
to me. The Reception was at Belfast Castle and was a sit-down affair, as at
Eileen's. I had an accident with a strawberry which stained my dress. After
the meal, her sister Jo, and cousin Edith, who were the bridesmaids, brought
me with them to the room where Jane would change her clothes. There was a
tiny turret dressing room off it. When they helped her remove the sweet peas
from her hair, she tossed one to me and it landed in my skirt.
sweet pea from Brides hair material of
Wendy, Peter & Wesley Harte
Patricia & R. H. Harte
FRIDAY June 28th, In the morning we went into Holywood to collect my dress,
which was left at the local cleaners last night. The strawberry stain wasn't
out and it had to be done again! In the afternoon, we collected Mary from
Kabakona and took her into Belfast to collect her Wedding Dress, which was
laid along the back seat of the car. Then we collected my dress in Holywood.
This time the stain was out.
SATURDAY June 29th,
Mary's Wedding, It was in St. John's Church at the end of Sheridan Drive.
The bride vowed "to obey", whereas, in the Presbyterian Service, the vow in
"to be dutyfull". The Reception was in a large marquee in the grounds of
nearly Kabakona. There were many small, none-too-steady tables and when Dad
got up to speak to someone, my glass of orange squash spilled over my dress.
Mary was married by the Bishop of ?, who had a friend of her father. Was he
the Bishop of Clogher?
St. John's Church, Helen's Bay, Saturday, June 29th, 1968 1 o'clock M.H.D.
there was not time when we got back to Holywood to send me dress to the
cleaners again before Judy's 21st Birthday Party in the evening, Mum washed
it. Uncle Noel rigged up a Heath-Robinson contraption, involving a rope, a
broom handle and the kitchen table (or a chair). In the evening we went to
Judy's 21st . . . Mum helped Mrs. Latto in the kitchen. So, part of the
time, did Dad. There was champagne, the cork coming out with the traditional
noise. Sylvi Blan - B.H.S. head girl when Judy and (I?) were in the same
form, sang solo "We shall Overcome" in the sing-song.
SUNDAY June 30th, Since
last night's party didn't finish until about 1.30 a.m., I wasn't in bed
until an hour later. We went to Kabakona for dinner and stayed until about
MONDAY July 1st, We took
Peter and had lunch in the Step-Aside in Belfast. There we met Mr.
Malcolmson, English master to B.H.S. Then the four of us went to Ormeau Road
cinema to see "The Bible"
TUESDAY July 2nd, In the afternoon we went into Belfast and in the evening
Mum and Dad took me to Dorothy's
WEDNESDAY July 3rd,
Leaving Holywood about 6.30, we drove on board "The Ulster Prince" an hour
THURSDAY July 4th, We
drove off the boat at Liverpool after breakfast at 7.00 and went to Harry
and Anne's for lunch. We left Cheshire at 2.00 and stopping for a cup of tea
at 3.45 arrived home about 7.00.
1st April 1969 Birth of Anna Patrician Robinson to Taunton, Somerset from
Belfast - Miss Pat Harte, 9 Crown Lane Creech Heathfield, Taunton - its a
girl 7lb 11oz both doing well love David
FRIDAY April 11th 1969, In the afternoon, after leaving Mum's friend, Betty
Bainham to the bus in Taunton, as she stayed the night with us, we went to
Wookie Hole to see Titania's Palace. It is about 4' or 5' square and is on a
table in a not-too-big room with a handrail all round it. One has time to
look properly, unlike at Madame Tusaud's. The Palace has everything that you
could think of in marvellous miniature, down to Oberon's cello and Titania's
crown. But there are no chimneys or kitchen.
TUESDAY April 22nd 1969, At 11.00 we left Rossglass en route for Northern
Ireland. Stopping on the way for our usual type of car-picnic, we were with
Harry and Anne in Cheshire for tea. About 7.00 we reached Liverpool Docks.
WEDNESDAY April 23rd,
"The Ulster Prince" docked at Belfast at about 7.00 and we left after
breakfast, walking through a covered passage-way, rather like at the
airport. Our car was waiting for us, having been driven off by men from the
ship, and we went to call on Jane at Carrickfergus. She had had a baby, Anna
Patricia, on April 1st, which was mainly why we were over. We arrived at
Kabakona, Helen's Bay in time for dinner. This time we were going to stay
with Aunt Hilda. In the evening, Uncle Noel, Aunt Jill and Peter called.
THURSDAY April 24th, In
the morning we took Aunt Hilda shopping and called on Mary and Bill Stahan,
their house is a little like Bartra in style. In the afternoon friends of
Aunt Hilda called.
FRIDAY April 25th, In the
morning we went into Holywood shopping. There, we saw, for Queen's
University 'Rag Week'. students pushing each other in prams. In the
afternoon Dad and Mum left me at Jane's for a couple of hours; then, they
collected me and took me to Maureen Barnet's in time for tea. I am going to
spend the week-end with her. There is a severe water shortage here, owing to
an explosion at Silent Valley reservoir. Some places have water and some
haven't; we should have brought our caravan water-carrier.
SATURDAY April 26th,
Sylvia Blair called in the morning and Judy Latto in the afternoon. After
tea Maureen and I took Judy to Carrickfergus to meet Ricky Wallace. Then
Maureen's boy-friend, Frank O'Neill, came over and later in the evening Mrs.
Robson called. About 11.30 Maureen and I took Frank home across town.
SUNDAY April 27th, It was
about 12.00 before I had my breakfast. After dinner Maureen took me,
collecting Frank on the way, to Kabakona. When we arrived, Mary and Bill
were there; also Anne and Deborah. Mary and Bill left shortly afterwards and
the rest of Anne's family arrived. Uncle Noel and his family came for tea.
TUESDAY April 29th, Yesterday evening we went across Belfast to call on
Dorothy McElroy. This morning we went to Carrickfergus to collect Jane and
Anna and bring them to Kabakona for the day. On the way back, we stopped
briefly in Holywood; when the car was stationary, Anna started to cry but
she stopped as soon as the car started. About 5.00 David came, and, about
four hours later, he took his wife and daughter home.
WEDNESDAY April 30th, In the morning, Dad and Mum left me with Jane in
Carrickfergus while they went shopping etc. Two friends of Jane's called
before lunch and then Leslie Sturges (McDowell as was). In the evening Joan
Rolston came to Kabakona.
FRIDAY May 2nd, Yesterday, Dad and Mum left me with Jane for the afternoon.
Jo, her sister was there; she had been riding. This afternoon, we waited in
the car while Dad went to see his accountant. Then, we went for tea and
supper to the 'hilarious' Lattos in Jordanstown. Their house is in one of
the areas, Glen Road, without water.
MONDAY May 5th, On Saturday afternoon, Dad and Mum left me with Dorothy,
after calling on Hilary Carroll. Yesterday afternoon, we went to Uncle
Noel's in Holywood. This morning we took Aunt Hilda to Lurgan and had dinner
TUESDAY May 6th, In the
afternoon, Dad and Mum left me with Jane. When they collected me, went to
call on Hilary again briefly, she had been out before, she came out to the
car to talk to me.
THURSDAY May 8th, Yesterday afternoon, we took Aunt Hilda for a drive and
after tea we left for Belfast Docks. This morning, we drove off the "Ulster
Prince" at 7.5 after 'tea and toast'. We spent a couple of hours with Harry
and Anne. Picnicing on the way, we were home for tea.
Jane and Anna Robinson 18.5.69
MONDAY May 19th 1969, Dad is going to help Guy Beresford at his 'dig' in
Cornwall. Although an amateur, in University terms, Guy is employed as a
roving archaeologist by, I think, the Ministry of Works. So, we left
Rossglass, complete with caravan and Benjamin Batric, at about 11.30. We had
lunch in the caravan on the way and arrived at Hallegather Farm, where we
were going to park the caravan, at 4.30. In the evening, we went exploring:
found Guy's caravan, but couldn't find Berry Court his 'dig'. Later, when I
was in bed, he called at our caravan.
WEDNESDAY May 21st, Yesterday, Mum and I stayed in the caravan while Dad was
at Bury Court. It is the site of a 13th century Hall, a previous building on
the site belonged, I think, to the steward of Robert of Mortain, half
brother of William the Conqueror. To-day, all three of us went there early.
Guy gave Mum and I a lift in his Austin Champ down the lane, which is longer
but not anything like as steep as at Cadbury. It is very low lying here and
consequently hot and fly-ridden. After our sandwich lunch, another reminder
of Cadbury, Dad left Mum and I back to the caravan.
FRIDAY May 23rd, Yesterday, Mum and I stayed in the caravan again and I made
friends with a local dog. Dad brought Guy back for tea. This morning, we
left Hallegather about 11.30 and stopped for lunch in the caravan as before,
arriving home about 3.00
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