Reported in the News Letter on August 15, 1955: ‘Gipsy’ Lee sets fire to horoscopes charts on Bangor seafront

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Traffic along the front in Bangor was brought to a standstill last night as thousands of people gathered to see the self-styled “Gipsy” Lee begin his evangelistic career by destroying the effects of his fortune telling profession.

But he did not carry out his promise to throw his crystal ball off the South Pier into the sea.

Instead he said that some time during the week he would hire a boat and row out into Belfast Lough and he would drop it overboard.

He did, however, make a large bonfire of his collection of horoscopes charts and fortune telling cards.

He appeared mounted on a piebald pony, wearing a pullover emblazoned with a Cross and the words, “I am saved. Are you?”

He addressed the crowd while on the pony, and a large number of people lined the two piers, with many others in yachts and rowing boats.

Lee told the crowd of his plans to preach the Gospel throughout Europe while travelling in a caravan. He said he would endeavour to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, the great evangelist Gipsy Smith.

Accompanied by his nine-year-old daughter, who also rode a pony, and his three-year-old son, sitting on the saddle before him, he played an accordion and led the crowd in hymn singing.