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Re-turning some of this year’s Roamer pages during the season of happy returns

With Christmas drawing hastily nigh this is Roamer’s penultimate page prior to the New Year and amidst the annual deluge of happy returns I’m happily returning to some readers’ accounts shared here during 2017.

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IN PICTURES: Looking back to 1981

In the year of hunger strikes, Margaret Thatcher and the third force we dip into the picture archive to bring you images from the News Letter
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Extravagant Christmas lights from across the country

A look at some of the most extravagant light displays across the UK and Ireland as people gear up for Christmas time.

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Claremorris railway station in 1950. Engineer James Burkitt oversaw railway construction in 1894

Builder of roads and railways built a unique relationship with robins

With its swift, expansive arpeggios, The Robin’s Return was usually top of the pile of sheet-music in a Victorian piano stool, waiting to feature in an evening’s drawing-room entertainment.

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Woman and three men panning for gold, California, 1850

Gold in the mountains, valleys, rivers and other parts of our island

If Percy French was composing the Mountains of Mourne today his gangs of people “diggin’ for gold in the street” wouldn’t be restricted to London.

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Mayne Reid's First Play was produced in Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Son of local manse was soldier, hunter, traveller, teacher and author of books

An interesting note arrived in Roamer’s mailbox from a reader who is proud to have been schooled at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

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Retrospect - A year in pictures

The next in our 'Look Back' series examining the events from 1980

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Crumbling walls are all that remains of the reputed site of the Ram's Head tavern

Ruthless highwayman’s statue stands near to where he buried his victims

The first joke I ever heard was told to me by my primary school teacher over 60 years ago.

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Five of the 24 church members who served in WWII didn’t return

“As you enter the vestibule of First Castlederg Presbyterian Church you will notice memorials to the men and women from the congregation who served in two world wars.”

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VIDEO: The centenary of the Battle of Cambrai

Tanks are as relevant in current warfare as they were 100 years ago at the Battle of Cambrai, an Army commander has said.
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Irishman’s great crown robbery is top 
of the list in the annals of historic heists

Irishman’s great crown robbery is top of the list in the annals of historic heists

Various stories about the film star Errol Flynn have been recounted here during recent weeks and further details are added today about the Hollywood icon whose dad Theodore was a Professor in Queen’s University, and about Captain Blood, the movie role that made Flynn famous.

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IN PICTURES: A look back at Northern Ireland in 1979

We’ve delved into the archive to bring you some of the images which made the headlines in Northern Ireland in 1979.

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The royal marriage: A platinum partnership in pictures

The images, marking couple’s platinum wedding anniversary, chart Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s enduring relationship, which has lasted the longest of any British sovereign.

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Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn in the film trailer for Captain Blood, 1935

Famous fictional pirate based on Irish double agent who stole Crown Jewels

Several weeks ago Roamer-reader Mitchell Smyth shared some interesting details here about Hollywood actor Errol Flynn, who shot to international movie-stardom as Captain Blood in 1935.

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VIDEO: A personal journey in remembrance

As the nation prepares for Remembrance Sunday we join a Second World war veteran as he remembers former comrades.
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Prince Harry lays cross at Westminster Abbey's Field of Remembrance

Prince Harry has honoured the nation's war dead and joked with one veteran about bringing Meghan Markle to the event next year.
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How Irish convict won Strictly Come Jigging contest on South Sea island

How Irish convict won Strictly Come Jigging contest on South Sea island

Ballycastle-man, travel writer and regular Roamer-contributor Mitchell Smyth is fascinated with the South Seas and the famous film and stage musical, based on James H. Michener’s book, that was set there - South Pacific.

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The utter devastation of the Enniskillen Poppy Day massacre

Personal memories 30 years on from the Poppy Day bomb

I don’t remember if there’d been an overnight downpour but this morning, 30 years ago, I used some discarded bricks as stepping stones to get into my car which was parked in a deep puddle in Belfast.

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IN PICTURES: A look back at 1991

We dig into the archives to look at some of the images which made the papers in 1991

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