There are several interesting photographs including pictures of more than 1,500 Orangemen from East Antrim paraded through Larne mid February 1982 to show their support for Protestants living in border areas of the province. Hundreds of people lined the streets of the town for the march which was accompanied by 20 Lambeg drums. The Orangemen from five districts represented 55 lodges from Carnmoney to Larne and from Carrickfergus to Sixmilewater.
Meanwhile we also have a selection of old photographs relating to the South Belfast by-election which was called following the assassination of the Reverend Robert Bradford by the IRA on November 14, 1981. The include the Reverend William McCrea of the DUP arriving at Belfast City Hall to hand in his nomination papers.
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A colourful 11 year old had a brush of success in February 1982. Peter Cosgrove from the Banbridge Road in Dromara, Co Down, was announced as the winner of Sparky's Christmas Painting Competition which had been run by the Presbyterian Herald. There were more than 150 entrants from all over Ireland, for the competition, which was based on the Christmas message. He is pictured at Church House in Belfast with the Moderator the Right Reverend Dr John Girvan and the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Mrs Grace Bannister. Also pictured, dressed up as 'Sparky' is Jason McFadden from Ballymena. Picture: News Letter archives
Ulster Television presenter Rose Neill relaxes with her Weimaraner German gundogs Linus and Burgo along the Marine walk beside Bangor Bay, after the hustle and bustle of the television studio in February 1982. Picture: News Letter archives
Belfast Lord Mayor Mrs Grace Bannister delivered an accolade in February 1982 to the Royal British Legion in Northern Ireland. She said it was the legion's “hard work and devotion” that had produced a record Poppy Day collection in the province in 1980 when £226,549 was raised. She said: “It reflects great credit on all concerned, and particularly the women who do so much behind the scenes. We appreciate very much what you have done and continuing to do for our ex-servicemen and women.” Pictured are the colour party at the annual meeting of the women's branch of the Royal British Legion at Malone Presbyterian Church in Belfast. Picture: News Letter archives
Police musicians got into the swing of things in February 1982 when they paraded in new uniforms fore the first time. The special concert by the band of the Royal Ulster Constabulary marked the start of the organisation's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The new concert uniform was modelled on the RUC officers' mess dress. It had a red body and sleeves with black shawl collar, black rifle cuffs and black epaulettes. The finishing touches included white shirts, bow ties, green cumberbunds and black braided trousers. Women members wore white blouses and long black shirts. The programme for the concert at the Garnerville complex in Belfast had been selected by Superintendent Andrew Forbes, director of music of the band. Pictured above, the RUC band wearing new concert uniforms at the special concert held at RUC Garnerville in February 1982. Below, trombonists Christine Murphy, right, and Valerie Trimble, were the only women in the RUC band at that time. Pictures: News Letter archives