For the first meeting of their seventh season members of the Bellaghy Historical Society enjoyed a video recording of “Us Boys”,which was filmed and shown on Television some years ago. This had been recorded and kindly lent by Mrs Margaret McErlean.
It followed the lives of two elderly farmer brothers, Stewart and Ernie Morrow who lived in the Glens of Antrim and whose local dialect was so strong that the film producers had wisely added sub-titles to their conversation. Their primitive way of life without electricity or modern amenities as it would have been in the first half of the twentieth century, was portrayed against a background of beautiful scenery and the film followed their activities throughout the changing seasons.
Snow lay on their farm yard high above the Glens when they worked with a ewe at lambing and other scenes showed the whin in glorious colour with the young lambs sporting in the fields. Shopping was done when a grocery van came on its rounds and their needs were simple. Visitors were fairly rare but their immediate family members, a brother and nephew and their wives who lived further down the Glen in modern houses, were regular callers and gave them what assistance they would accept. As the film unfolded and one of the brothers died leaving the other to a lonely existence, new hope was found for the future with the birth of a baby boy to the nephew and his wife.
The pace of the action was very sensitively handled by the producers and some scenes in the film were set to well chosen music all of which was greatly enhanced for the audience by the definition and sound quality of the magnificent 42 inch plasma television supplied by Kearneys, Castle Sreet, Bellaghy.
The November meeting will be addressed by Mr Jim Davidson, Lisburn who will speak on “Our Daily Bread” – a history of Bakeries in Northern Ireland and will take place at 8 p.m. as usual on the second Tuesday of the month in the Old School Centre, Castle Street, Bellaghy.