ALTHOUGH the official launch isnít scheduled until Thursday November 5, the Spectator can reveal that an eagerly awaited new book about Bangor will go on general sale from around the middle of October.
´Bangor in the Sixties´, penned by locally-born journalist Terence Bowman, takes the reader back to a decade of many changes, almost half a century ago, although many 50 and 60-something residents of the town will argue that it seems like only yesterday.
The 256-page book includes several hundred photographs, many of which havenít been seen since they were first published in the pages of the County Down Spectator during the period 1960 to 1969.
This has been made possible thanks to the support the author received from both this newspaper and the North Down Museum, which made a complete set of Spectators from the 1960s available to him for research purposes. The South Eastern Education and Library Boardís Local Studies Section also provided valuable assistance.
Although Terence shares some of his own memories and observations as a boy growing up during the Sixties in the concluding pages of the book, he realised it would be more of a historic record of the decade if he could enlist the support of other Bangorians willing to reminisce about what the Sixties meant to them.
Twenty-five people, male and female, who were either born and reared in the town, or spent much of their time in Bangor during the Sixties, have contributed to the main section of the book, which also includes a year by year chronology of important, interesting or quirky events from the decade.
Some of the contributors to ´Bangor in the Sixties´ are well known Ė former News of the World editor David Montgomery, now a major figure in Europe-wide media circles; Roisin McDonough, a former Glenlola Collegiate student who is now chief executive of the Northern Ireland Arts Council; Dick Milliken, who captained Bangor Grammarís Schools Cup-winning side in 1969 and went on to play for the British Lions; broadcasters Rose Neill and Linda McAuley, and comedian Adrian Walsh, who has appeared on many television and radio programmes.