Today’s selection comes from January 1982.
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The changing face of motoring in 1982. Mr Mervyn Stewart, right, whose company had been awarded a BL franchise, is pictured outside new showrooms on the Ormeau Road, Belfast, with Mr Sam Bickerstaff, one of his first customers when he founded the business in 1957. They are seen here examining an Austin A35 of that era and its modern equivalent, the Mini City. Picture: News Letter archives
Back in March 1942 a seventeen-and-a-half year old apprentice walked through the door of a blacksmith's forge near Kilrea, Co Londonderry, for the first time. His name was Charles McGrath who, in January 1982 was recognised in the New Year's Honours List with a BEM. For forty years Charles retraced those initial steps on countless occasions, carrying on a trade that had almost died out by the the early 1980s. Mr McGrath was known by almost everyone in his native north Londonderry village. As a boy he had been utterly absorbed in every aspect of smithy work and was often to be found in the forge of one of the true masters of the craft in the Kilrea area, the late Andy McKendry. Mr McGrath had worked on hundreds of different jobs during his 40 years as a blacksmith. Maintaining the lock gates at Portna was just one. Picture: News Letter archives
Secretary of State Jim Prior is bombarded with questions on the future of De Lorean in January 1982 when he arrived to open a technology exhibition in Belfast. Picture: News Letter archives
Health Minister John Patten toured social services units in east Belfast at the end of January 1982. Mrs Mary Crooke, above left, sang him a song at her Beechbank House for visually and hearing impaired. Joining in are Mrs Minnie Flanagan and craft instructor Jane Garvey. Picture: News Letter archives