"Larnarians of the Swinging 60s"
Article contributed by Glen Brown - May
I have been lucky to be born in Magheramorne when one
could leave their doors unlocked, rely on their neighbours
for friendship and support. That luck continued when I was
about 5 years old and the family moved into Larne in c1954.
I was fortunate to have good well respected parents and
my friendships grew.
Thanks to 2nd Larne (Gardenmore) Lifeboys, 1st Larne BB
and 806 Squadron (Larne) ATC, my friends multiplied. Every
childhood summer found me playing at my cousins, The McDowells
in Parkmount, their friends and neighbours became my friends.
(the Clements, the McNeills, the Montgomerys, theWhites,
Jimmy McCullough, Sam McGarel, the Hunters, friends living
in the Edward Avenue prefab bungalows, the Roddens and neighbouring
areas). I still found time to play with schoolmates at Sallagh
Park (Dowds, Weeks, Montogomery,Cosgrove, Hewitt,Duff, Craig,
Young, Hunters, etc) Ferris Park ( Burns, Kings, Redshaw,
Stephenson, Craig, Magills and, McMurtry, McAlisters, Hobbs,
Miller, Browns)! , the whole Factory area Perry,Smith,Wilson,
Kelly, Shepherd, Todd, Craigie, Crawford, Gowdy,Somerville
etc) and when classmates new or old lived at Craigy Hill,
Antiville and further a field a good bicycle was all one
The only memory I have of being bored was when we had bad
weather. When the Fog Horn blew even indoors you were aware
of the latter. You often heard "Ever been to Larne
on a wet day?", " If you can see the Scottish
coast from Larne, it's going to rain and if you cant see
the the Scottish coast from Larne it is raining".
THE SWINGING 60s in Larne holds many memories for each individual
fortunate to have been a teenager during that era. We all
loved the local dancing at The Kings Arms, The Pavilon,
The Plaza, Church Halls, AEI/GEC Canteen, record hops at
Lynn Social Club, Cairndhu Golf Club, East Antrim Boat Club,
Larne Tennis & Bowling Club, Larne Grammar School and
The town supported two cinemas - now closed. The Regal
and The Savoy gave us Saturday morning matinees, double
features and programmes that changed every two days. The
fish or pastie suppers in copies of the previous weeks Larne
Times and the choice of several good cafes. Present day
Larne continues to have an ever growing abundance of eating
places catering for all tastes.
There are still a few gems to be found in the town and
throughout the borough. Retention and pedestrian improvements
to the promenade and other places are welcome.
The past thirty years have not always been kind to Larne
Town but the spirit, generosity and friendliness of it's
people are well covered in the two local weekly newspapers
(the Larne Times and the Larne Gazette).
I began with good fortune and it remains with me every
time I return to see my Larne Friends and the many ex-Larne
friends around the world in North America to New Zealand.
In 2004 a week of reunions were successfully held for 'Larne
friends from the Swinging 60s'. I visit five times
a year and have several informal get-togethers with many
Another week of reunions is being planned for late August
2006 to coincide with old friends from across the pond visiting
An old song goes " You're sure of a welcome"
"There's a welcome there for you". You'll
find it in Larne people.
As I often say some people swallow the blarney stone instead
of just kissing it. I could contribute more to the above
as I am often overwhelmed by friendships that have endured
resulting from my time in Larne Borough (1947 - 1969). Now,
having lived in NW Edinburgh since 1969 to present, and
fortunate to have many good friends here also with my family
all married and have bought homes near to us.
Article Update - April '06
"WERE YOU THERE? @ LARNE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
LARNE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, POUND STREET LARNE.
For the past few years I with the assistance of friends
also former pupils began compiling the names of all those
former pupils and members of staff that featured in the
panoramic photograph of the whole Larne Technical College,
To date those friends including, Gerry McCarry, Una (nee
Agnew) McCarry, Randal McDowell, Edwin Hobbs, David McMaster
and several other friends in Larne, Patrick Pill, John Hamilton,
Hugh Girvin, Joe Gillespie have helped name many of those
However there are are still names unknown or require confirmation..
IF YOU WERE THERE, can you help?
Please advise me via YPAM or at:
Yours in Friendship,
DO YOU REMEMBER ANOTHER LARNE BAND?
Over the past week ex Larne Joe Gillespie and I have been
Joe's brother Stuart was in High Seas Showband line-up at
one time. I'm sure many Larne folk will recall the Gillespie
musical instrument shop on Main Street in the 60s
In the Swinging 6os Joe played Larne band THE CHORD-EN-AIRES.
Band Line up:- Drums: Hugh Maxwell, Guitar: Wilbert Clements
(later joined Hich Seas, now Glensmen Australia), Guitar:
Robert Magill (Regent, Cameron Clan and Coasters), Guitar:
Joe Gillespie, Trumpet: Derek Clark and Vocals: Raymond
Joe was kind enough to send me a colour photo of THE CHORD-EN-AIRES.
I would like to hear from anyone that recalls the band and
where you heard and watched them perform on stage?
Joe also sent me a school photo. Several well kent faces
of fifty years ago can be recognised in Joe's class photos'
from Primary School days at Larne Parochial, Victoria Road,
Larne. to later at Larne Tech. The latter photo can be viewed
at Friends Reunited UK, on the Internet.
During our correspondence I learned that Joe's fellow classmates
included fellow musicans to be, Billy Brown (The Freshmen)
Tom Cameron (Regent , Cameron Clan, Fiddlin' Tom), Jackie
Gault (High Seas), Thelma Hall (High Seas) and Robert 'Rab'
Magill (Coasters, Regent & The Chord-en-aires).
Hopefully Joe's photos' will reach the attention of the
Larne public via the local media during the summer 2006.
For those that can't wait email me.
During our correspondence several other Larne people and
bands were mentioned, I'll submit details here later. My
thanks to Joe for contacting me and for exchanging fond
memories and photos'.
ANYONE REMEMBER "THE CHORD-EN-AIRES " another
Larne band from the Swinging 60s'?
Ex Larnarian Joe Gillespie and I have been exchanging emails
this past week. Joe not only has been kind enough to name
his fellow Larne musicans that were in the Chord-en-aires,
he also sent a colour photo too of the group/band.
DRUMS: Hugh Maxwell, GUITARS: Wilbur Clements, Robert Magill,
Joe Gillespie, TRUMPET: Derek Clark and VOCALS: Raymond
In his correspondences Joe reflected on his time in Larne,
it's showbands, it's groups, the familar places, and of
many mutual friends. With regard to the latter, Joe is now
exchanging emails with other old friends over in Larne and
Another popular Larne band the COSMOS founded by local
Joe Gillespie's during the mid 60s found popularity at various
venues including Ballyclare. THE COSMOS; featured in their
line-up: Lovatt Beggs (vocals), Morris Boyd (vocals), Ronnie
Clugson (keyboad and guitar, Joe Gillespie (lead guitar),
Owen Kelly (bass), (1962 Alan Duncam - rhythm guitar) and
Sammy Todd (drums).
During the same period Larne band THE STRANGERS were also
thrilling the incrowd. THE STRANGERS featured Jim (Doc)
McVeigh, Gerry (Ginger) Brown and and Brian 'Spoke' .
My thanks to Joe Gillespie.
More about Larne bands and groups from the Swinging 60s
era to come......
Jackie Snoddy - February '08
Just stumbled across the site a few days ago, great stuff.
I started my apprenticeship in the then BTH around 1956
not long after it opened in 1954 I think. The years between
the coming of the BTH to Larne until the beginning of the "troubles" in
1969 were probably the golden years for the town. People
flooded in from all over the province to work which is
how I met my wife Helen ( nee Thompson), her father was
Bob Thompson who was an apprentice instructor at the BTH
and had moved to Larne from Belfast. The houses at Craigy
Hill and Anteville were built then to handle the newcomers
to the town.
I played soccer for the BTH/AEI and the Tech Old Boys from
the late 50s until 1966 when we moved to Montreal where we
still live. Some of the guys I played with were Cecil Alexander,
Billy Brownlees, Billy Satch Huxley, Freddie McCracken, Kenny
Wilson, George Thompson, Jack Magill.
We still visit now and again and keep in touch with friends
It would be good to hear from people of that era, keep up
the good work.
Glen Brown - May '07
Re Jim Boyd.
Pleased to advise that Jim is now in contact with his pal.
Glen Brown - Apr '07
Hi Jim Boyd,
Your personal email in response to my reply here dated April
07 arrived at my email box and my reply to you sent by return.
Jim Boyd -Apr '07
Hi Glen received your reply conserving your email
address I will try again on laharna60sat yahoo dot com I
was asking you to send me a contact number for Stevie Strong
as I would love to surprise him by a phone call thank you
Glen for your help looking forward to your reply
Glen Brown - Apr '07
Hi Jim Boyd, My email address has not changed.
YPAM and friends use it to correspond with me.
Like many email users, my Spam and Security filters are
set high and may not be accepting your email due to some
reason. Today for examople I received ten emails this morning
to my firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trying sending me an email again and/or adviseYahoo.com?
Jim Boyd - Apr '07
Jim boyd hear have been trying to contact you on the e-mail
address that you had given me concerning Stevie Strong.
You said that he married one of your relations.I am still
wanting to get in contact with them but unable to on the
e-mail you have given me pleeas re -send correct e-mail.
The e-mail that you sent me was email@example.com.
Tryed to send and it was returned say incorrect address
so please send me new address.
Thankyou Jim Boyd
Glen Brown - Apr '07
Hi June & Keni,
Thanks for your Comments.
Please contact me at laharna60s at yahoo dot com
June Ringland - Apr '07
Hi glen my name is june ringland and I am kenny Brownlows
only sister. just like to say how brilliant it was to see
kennys name mentioned on your site, and to hear his memory
lives on outside his family. thankyou.
Keni B - Apr '07
Hi im Keni Brownlow son of ivan and nefew of kenny mervin
june and philip has anyone any recordings of kennys old
stuff in the bands ??? thanx
Danny Mills - Apr '07
Danny Mills. Hello to Artie Morrow and Jim (In the midnight
hour) Crothers. Served my time in AEI with you both and
have many memories to share. Went to block release with
Jim along with Jim (Tiff) McNeill, Patsy Patterson and
PJ Looney to name but a few. I emigrated to Canada in the
80s and once a month the PAr 3 play at our local pub. (Greater
Toronto). I am friends with Joey Rankin and the lead guitar
is Billy Herron. Will add more later.
Glen Brown - Mar '07
I am pleased to see more added comments to YPAM pages.
NB. The pages on YPAM bbc ni Internet are numerous. Collating,
checking and adding content is at the discretion and time
of the Internet YPAM staff. Please take into consideration
their work- load, scope, holidays and other reasons, if
your comments are not always added immediately. I too may
not always be able to reply by weekly. However, I do my
best and where given a reply email address when passed to
me by YPAM I will reply within four weeks when in the UK.
BIG DANNY MILLS when recently in direct email contact
asked me to pass on his regards to all friends . Danny recalled
many mutual old friends including from his time in Larne
district from 1954 Glynn PS, Bridge PS, AEI/GEC and including
Block Release at Larne Technical College from the latter.
More feedback comment will follow soon.
Barbara Murray - Mar '07
Hi everyone, probably no-one remembers me but the name is
Barbara Murray and I lived in Carson St. I was in touch
with Jim Hill during his wife's passing and have found out
that he has now re-married. I went to Greenland Secondary
School 1961-65 and then on to Larne Tech until 1967.
I have been in contact with Glen Brown through the Friends
Reunited website and also by email. I am planning a trip
back to Larne in Sept. 2007 and would love to meet up with
anyone who remembers me.
The "two cousins who found each other" mentioned
in Glen's site was perhaps me and a cousin I never knew
about. (I think it was us). Although she and I were cousins
through her father and my aunt being brother and sister.
My mother was Susan (Totes) Baxter and I know she was very
well known in Larne.
Okay, if anyone can even slightly recall me please get
in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Baart (nee Gault) - Mar '07
To Patrick Haveron,
Hi patrick ,just read your message on your days in Larne,i
remember you well.I lived across the road from you in ferris
park,and was friendly with Una and Eileen,and my dad worked
with you in the regal. Glen,s doing a wonderful job,bringing
back all great memories from the 60s.Bye for now,
Teresa Stephenson [nee Fleck] - Mar '07
Only just found this site. My aunt Kathleen Fleck was a
teacher at Larne Technical College, around the 1960's. She
was a Domestic Science Teacher. Does anyone remember her?
I worked at the Larne Grammar School from 1966-70, where
I left to live in England, and go back to Larne, to see
Patrick Haveron - Feb '07
I used live in Larne Ferris park we lived opposite the Dummigan
family my father, brother & sisters where in there band
in the 1950s. I think I know some of people in your page
& some u havent mentioned the Haveron family was quite
a known name in Larne town I & my dad worked at Magheramorne
blue circle cement wks in the 50s. I also worked in the
regal cinema I also lived at Craigy hill I had a friend
called Steve Strong. I went to parochial primary school
Vic rd head master was TJ McCombe. I had a friend Drew McBride.
The Steve I knew he went into army. There is lots more of
my live in Larne i remember on the wireless as a boy when
it said the Victora sank i could tell u lots more on my
live in larne town. To Glen Brown - Is there any I can write
to u? bye for now
Glen Brown - Feb '07
Hi Artie, I'm just back from my last visit for this year
to Larne. Thank you for your comments.
Those were the first of many happy working days for me AEI/GEC.
I enjoyed my time there thanks to the like of Alex Foye,
Albert Laybourne (late father of Ivan who replaced my cousin
Billy Brown in The Freshmen), the late Herbie Crooks (Cameron
Clan), the late Sammy Clements brother of Wilbert (High
Seas), Sammy Hughes Sen., Jackie Carson, brothers Sam &
Willie Thompson, Sam Clarke, Johnny McCartney and many others
(including Jim Stephenson, Nigel Shepard, Derek Bailey,
Frank Greer. and others). I helped the Football Section
run their concerts and dances (like The Val Doonican Show,
Caroline Showband and when Frank Carson did a fill-in spot
for £5) Mrs Rae ran the Canteen and organised Mystery
Bus Tours (to ? night venue and dance) Her husban Ted worked
in the Blading.
There were many great characters.
I shared an office situated in the L M/C Shops with Bob
Gillespie The Works Methods Engineer, just down from the
main Production Control Pool (Eve Montgomery, Liam Kelly
, Pat Todd, Eddie Spence etc).
Denese Jamison - Jan '07
Tto Glen Brown.
I really look
forward to your updates on site .Quite a lot of the names
you mention on your web site are familar to me. The main
one is Morris Boyd, I can remember babysitting for Morris
with his niece Lorraine Kell ,when he lived in Millbrook
where Lorraine and I were reared. The Cosmos sounds familar
but the one I remember is Harvest. For the life of me I
cant remember who else was in the group but I do remember
Lorraine and I sneaking up the stairs in old building besides
Clements shop (and I mean derelict) to listen to them practice.
We used to get Morris to sing "From the Candy store.
It still remains one of my favourites. Also I recognize
Billy Browns name (if Billy Brown has passed away).He was
my brother-in-laws cousin. As for Kenny Brown I have worked
with his wife. Does anyone out there remember going to
the Glynn orange hall or the Glynn marquee to listen to
the Cameron Clan? Tom,s brother used to live in Millbrook
ain I can.t remember his name) but I babysat for him as
also seen that one of your replies was from someone who
recalled Larne bands. Lorraine Kell and I also played in
Killyglen accordian band for five years. Unfortunately
Lorraine died last year at the age of 47. I would just
love to hear from someone who remembers her as she was
the best friend anyone could have asked for. Her and I
were together from we were 6 days old. We spent our childhood
+ teenage years together. If you could find anyone with
memories of her I would be eternally grateful. I was privileged
to call her my friend. Hope to hear from you soon.
Jim Boyd - Jan '07
I received the information from you about Stevie Strong
I have tried to contact you on laharna60s atyahoo.com but
always got the article returned would it be possible to
contact me again and let me know were i am going wrong
i will put my email adress
down you will be able to contact me there jim42 at hotmail
thanks for your help
Glen Brown - Jan '07
Hello Arti Morrow,
I did reply thanking you for your comments via YPAM in December
You mentioned your old friend James Smyth and I was wondering
if he's the same one I recall from the 60s?
My internet address is still laharna60s at yahoo.com.
P HAVERON - Dec '06
HI GLEN, HOPE YOU GOT MY MESSAGE. WHEN I WAS BROUGHT
UP IN LARNE, MY DAD CAME FROM CIRCULAR ROAD AND MY
UNCLE LIVED IN HOPE STREET. ALL THE BEST, P HAVERON MERRY
XMAS TO YOU AND YOUR
Jimmy Crothers - Dec '06
Artie Morrow,Glen Brown Nov.06
Hi, what a pleasant suprise to see your name here Artie
, there has been some water under the bridge since we both
served our time in the AEI it must be41or42years ago.It
would be good to hear from other folk who worked in the
AEI around 1964/65 and onward. Never knew you had gone to
the good life in N.Z. Could I suggest anyone who reads this
and you know others from this era encourage them to come
on line and write about your Larne memories via Glen Brown
and especially as i've said if you worked around this time
in the AEI as I being a Carrickfergus boy working in Larne
would know more folk from the factory. May I say to you
Glen this is an excellent site and idea and I can find none
other in Northern Ireland like it , keep up the good work.
By the way does anyone remember a group from Carrick called
The King Bees I think their lead guitarist was a guy called
Billy Herron who may have went on to play in a showband
,also at a later stage in the groups history I had a cousin
called Harry Perry who played bass for them, can never find
anything on the net about them.
Glen Brown - Nov '06
Hi Artie Morrow,
Many thanks for your comments.
You mention having worked in GEC/AEI, I too was there, shared
an office with Bob Gillespie (Methods Engineer) until I
moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 1969.
I will be over to Larne in a week's time , my last visit
Two of my ex Larne friends Mervyn Brownlow (the late Kenny's
older brother) and Thomas Malcomson also went to sea, married,
live and work on Tug boats in Wellington Harbour.
Another ex Larne pal from 60s is Philip King who also moved
to NZ and works for a bank there. I met Thomas and his wife
during a visit back to Larne in 2005 and met Philip during
a visit this Summer 2006.
You can views a photograph of the whole Larne Technical
College 1963-64 at my photo pages at FRIENDS REUNITED UK
on the Internet. Hugh Girvin (ex Inver,Larne) who was in
Kenny's class sent me several names of his classmates. He
and my old school & ex AEI/GEC pal David Stephenson
both now live in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. David's dad
Jim was the Machine Shops Manager AEI/GEC during our time
I always enjoy seeing my 60s pals and am in regular Email
contact with many of those that reside around the world.
27 NOV 2006
Arthur Morrow - Nov '06
My name is Artie Morrow & I have just found this site
& I am blown away with its content. I too am a youngster
of the 60s in Larne and the articles in this site have jogged
the old memory bank. I grew up in Cairncastle & then
went to Larne Tech. 1960 - 64 and served my apprenticeship
with AEI / GEC 1965 - 70.
I went to sea and in 1973 emigrated to NZ where I now live
Larne & district was a great place to grow up in &
we had a lot of fun not only at the "big dances"
but also country dances at places like Aughafatten, Cairncastle,
Kilwaughter where the Regent or Cameron Clan could be found.
I knew Kenny Browlow and it saddens me to know that he passed
away so young. I also recognise Jimmy Crothers , hi jim
it,s been a long time since we were in GEC together.
I was back in larne in September 06 & at the same time
another old mate of mine Jimmy Smyth & his wife were
home from Victoria Australia & we had a good time recalling
the old days.
Keep up the good work Glen.
Glen Brown - Nov '06
FAO TOM WELSH
Though fiftythree years is a large span.
I will pass on your request to exLarne friends in various
parts of Australia.
Meantime, please send me your email address or other direct
contact address to my personal email address at; laharna60s
@ yahoo . com.
As there are other avenues you may wish to explore to trace
Tom Welsh - Oct '06
I would like to use this form to try and contact my uncle
Jack Clements last known address Carson st Larne. My name
is Tom Welsh son of Minnie Clements and Walter Welsh. Haven't
seen or heard from him since we immigrated to Australia
in 1959. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Glen Brown - Oct '06
I'm home from my recent holiday in the Far East and now
taking time to read all received correspondence.
I'm very very pleased to read all your favourable comments.
Particularly pleased that they are also appreciated and
acknowledged by relatives and friends of the late Kenny
I am still seeking photographs, newspaper cuttings etc
of Larne district pop bands and band members photographs,
acknowledgement will be given.
Hopefully I'll be over to Larne for my annual late autumn
visit near end of November 2006
Always glad to meet and share the craic.
Angela Hamilton (nee Brownlow) - Oct '06
FAO Jimmy Crothers
The family (including my mum Carol) were really intrigued
to read about your experiences in the band with my Dad.
Thank you for taking the time to share your memories with
us - it means a lot.
John McCrea - Sep '06
Hello, I am trying to trace the wife of Archie McCullough
who still lives in Larne, sadly Archie passed away some
years ago, but for family tree information I would like
to contact his wife as he was a McCrea but for some reason
took his mothers maiden name.
Anyone with any information please email me pallie @ talktalk.net.
Philip Brownlow - Sep '06
FAO Jimmy Crothers,
It was great to hear some of your memories of your time
playing with Kenny. My other brother Ivan has recently been
in contact with Artie Moorehead who is now living in Canada.
He sent over some great press cuttings, promotional poster
etc. of the band.Ivan tells me the bass player was Gorden
Stewart who apparently still lives in Larne.
Betty Russell - Sep '06
I have just read an article from a very good friend of mine
bee. I am Betty Russell nee Mc Dowell and was sad to hear
Tommy's wife had passed away, I hope bee reads this to let
her know I still think about her, i wondered where she had
gone to. It's nice hearing about the 60s I knew a lot of
the people you have mentioned. I used to go to Laharna and
the King's Arms - those where the good old days, b.
Jimmy Crothers - Sep '06
FAO Angela Hamilton, Kelli Bagchus, Phillip Brownlow and
Hi, sorry for the delay in replying. I can remember your
mother Carol at the time I sang with your father Kenny in
3rd stone she had long blonde hair, very 60s, very good
looking, she may remember me as Jim other than Jimmy. I
can remember a number of venues we played at in Larne like
The Kings Arms,we played their once at a dinner dance unfortunately
we were a bit out of our depth in that we played R&B
and the dinner dance crowd were looking for music by The
Archies etc bubblegum music and the only part of a song
we knew was one verse of I think it was called Simon Says
and boy did we flog that one verse to death, Anyway we did
get paid but we saw ourselves as more Rolling Stones , Rock
and Rollers than this more simple brand of pop. I can also
remember playing I think at the AEI Larne where we were
the support group or as they used to say the wee group to
the Fortunes who at that time had a number of top 20 selling
records in the charts, so had we made it into the big league
at last, no the only thing that came out of that gig was
that one of our microphones which was borrowed and used
by the Fortunes disappeared after the show, we think it
may have got packed away with all their gear. As I've said
before Kenny was a great musician and a superb singer had
a very 'bluesy' voice like Van Morrison in his hay day.
The drummer in the band in my day was Artie Moorehead who
later went on to play with Sunshine who won a national TV
talent show for many many weeks, I think they later became
Rosie and Sunshine. Billy Mc Williams was on rhythm guitar
whom I worked with in the AEI and I cant remember the name
of the bass player other than his first name may have been
Gordon. Hope this gives you a little insight into to your
Dads heady rock & roll days and lets hope Kenny's grandchildren
have got a little of the magical talent that Kenny had then
we are all in for a treat.
Glen Brown - Sep '06
Still presently collating stories and photos.
My thanks to those who add comments and visited YPAM web
pages. All are appreciated.
I larned (sic) several more details when I was visiting
However, I am on holiday for month in HK and KL from the
middle of Sep 06.
Hopefully during the winter months I'll complete trials
of my website and have it available for those interested
in the above subject.
These past months my good Larne friend Liam Kelly has been
suffering from Guillain-Barre' Syndrome (GBS) . I am sure
all that know him wish Liam and his very supportive family
all our good wishes.
His many friends look forward to seeing Liam discharged
from hospital soon.
Kelli Bagchus (nee Brownlow) - Sep '06
To Jimmy Crothers, Glen Brown
I am Kenny Brownlow's eldest daughter Kelli, now aged 32
living in Larne married to Jim and have a one son Callum,
aged 2. I do not really remember my dad as I was only 5
when he died but have always been fascinated by pictures
and stories from my mum Carol about the mad days in the
band. I am afraid his musical talents have skipped a generation
and escaped me so I am hoping Callum will follow in his
grandad's steps. Would love to hear more if anyone else
out there has any stories about Kenny or others in the band
as it is a legacy which I hope to pass onto my son Callum.
Angela Hamilton (nee Brownlow) - Aug '06
FAO GLEN BROWN AND JIMMY CROTHERS
Hi, I am Kenny Brownlow's youngest daughter and it was
lovely to read the memories you have of my dad.
He now has four grandchildren, the eldest (9 years old)
enjoys playing the guitar and may have been graced with
her grandfather's genes!!
If you have any more memories about playing in the band
with him or any stories etc, I would love to hear from you.
Jimmy Crothers - Aug '06
Read with interest your article on Larne bands and noted
Phillip Brownlows memories of his brothers band third stone
from the sun. I sang for a period along with Kenny in the
band often playing in local dance halls and sometimes to
faraway places like Portadown. I never reached the dizzy
heights of showbiz after leaving the band but Kenny was
a great musician and one of natures gentlemen, I often think
of those 60s days, the band and although I was from Carrickfergus
I served my time in the AEI Larne and attended Larne Technical
Glen Brown - Aug '06
FAO LEWIS HART
Regarding your COMMENTs, July 06 at YPAM 'The swinging 60s'
(Larne) ANTRIM pages.
Please note that your given email address was not recognised
my reply sent to you was returned as not found?
Please contact me at my email address email@example.com
Yours in friendship, Glen Brown
Lewis Hart - July '06
A message to Beth Rand nee Surgenor from your cousin Lewis
Hart who has not seen or heard much about you over the last
30 years perhaps you would like to e mail me. My contact
is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to hear how you are
getting on etc, cheers Lewis.
Glen Brown - July '06
Hi Melloney O'Neill
I'll be asking friends in Larne if they can help, can you
give approximate time period that your O'Neills lived there?
Regarding Jim Boyd June 06.
Steve Strong advises that contact has been made with Jim
Melloney O'Neill - July 2006
Hi everyone.I am searching for my fathers family.Last known
address Craigy hill Larne the name is Kell.Robert or Roy
is my dad and I would appreciate any help.Thanks.
Glen Brown - June '06
FAO Alan Kane,
The award winning George Dummigan Memorial Accordion Orchestra(Larne)
is now on the Internet www.gdao.co.uk.
I wish the orchestra success in this year's 2006 NIBA Chamionship
and next year (2007) that they win the British Championshipin
FAO Jim Boyd.
Regarding Steve Strong, please email me direct at laharna60s
at yahoo.com Steve is married to a relative of mine. I would
be pleased to put you in contact with him.
FAO Philip Brownlow
I am a friend of your brother Mervin, whom I've know from
our 2nd Larrne (Gardenmore) Lifeboys days c1957) and in
recent years via email from his home in NZ. (Three ex Larne
friends live in New Zealand:- Mervin Brownlow, Philip King
and Thomas Malcolmson). In my youth I played with Kenny
RIP and possibly with you also?
I am trying to collate information on all Larne bands, please
contact me direct at (email) laharna60s at yahoo.com Yours
in friendship, Glen Brown
Glen Brown - June '06
Belated thanks for your comments.
Dummigans Accordian Band used to practice in the Hall (aka
The Greasy Pig) a c 1950s dance venue that stood at the
rear of Herbert Avenue, side nearest to Ferris Park estate
where the present Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club 'Larne'
Many of my neighbours and friends were band members during
the early years of it's formation. Several years ago, I
gave an early photo of the band (with names) to Larne Historical
Alan your cousin Jean was in my class at the Backroad School.
During my visits I often see Jean continuing to give (long)
service to Larne populace on her post person round.
I am always pleased to hear both the marching and concert
sections of the band. Likewise I also enjoy Larne Borough
many bands including, Larne Harbour, Killyglen and my personal
favourite .... Magheramorne Silver. I'm sure several readers
will comment on those I've yet to mention? I take this opportunity
to wish all the bands through out the borough, good marching
weather and continuing success in their respective competitions.
Jim Boyd - June '06
Hi Glen I am trying to get in contack with a Steve Strong
he served with the Royal Ulster Rifles from 1957 to 1967
he comes from larne and as far as I know he is still living
there I have been looking through your write ups about larne
is very good. I was born in belfast but came to australia
after I came out of the R.U.R. If you can help me in any
way I would be delighted or you may be able to let me know
somewere else I can try thanking you for your time.
Philip Brownlow - June '06
I came across this site while trying to research some family
history and enjoyed it. Talking about local bands from the
60's and 70's, my brother Kenny Brownlow played in various
bands (Third Stone From the Sun, Badger etc.) I was born
in 1960 but can remember him playing with a band on a flat-bed
trailer up Carson street! I can't remember all the band
members but Billy McWilliams was one. Kenny died aged 29
in 1979 with a heart condition.
I'm a slightly younger age group, 49, and was Moyle / Larne
Grammar / Craigy Hill reared.
However, the Dumigans are my full cousins I moved to England
I still think Larne was a tremendous place to grow up, great
characters, great people.
I intend to return to live someday, present family / kids
Lewis, you can help me identify names of those featured in
an ATC (Larne) 806 Squadron photograph from the mid 60s? Includes
several from the Sallagh Park area.
I was born (1952) and raised in Sallagh Park where I lived
until joining the Royal Navy in 1968. Either of you may remember
my older brother David Jack who sadly died at age 16 (drowned
in Bergen, Norway) and my older sister Cathy who now lives
in Dorset. Cathy was great friends with Eileen Cooper also
of Sallagh Park and I remember David being quite a popular
guy before his tragic accident. Many of his friends were from
Many of the surnames (Weeks, Montgomery and McAllister from
Sallagh Park South), ( King, Wilkinson, Cooper, Evans and
O'Neil form Sallagh Park) to name but a few were all synonymous
with the Sallagh Park area.
It was interesting to read your respective comments, all
of which brought back memories of my childhood in Larne.