Photo Caption: Laura Spence with Club President John Dawson

Hidden Histories of Ulster

If you’ve never heard a talk by Comber’s Laura Spence, your education is incomplete. Laura is a local historian and almost certainly the only person within many hundreds of miles of Comber with a first-class honours degree in Latin and Old Icelandic.

But her fields of interest are much wider: so if it’s language, culture, heritage or straightforward history you’re interested in, she’ll supply it.

Laura talked to us on Monday about a series of BBC radio programmes she produced in the company of Eamon Phoenix, the well-known local historian who has made his name as the first port of call by broadcasters seeking the appropriate historical context for current affairs.

In ‘Hidden Histories of Ulster’ they travel from Down to Donegal, visiting monoliths and mausoleums, stately homes and haunted cottages, and tracking down colourful tales of ghosts, ghouls, and the legacies of distinguished men and women.

Other news

• Henry Bennett has joined us as a new member. An accountant by profession, Henry runs Chapters Café in Regent Street, Newtownards.

Born in Southern Rhodesia, as it was then, Henry likes nothing better than a spin on his Harley-Davidson and doing charitable work at home and abroad.

• Former club president Roy Ramsay and his wife Pat recently ran a highly successful coffee morning, raising £1300 in aid of Polio eradication.

For some time, Rotary International has been a major force in raising funds for this project.

Only a few cases have been reported so far this year and the hope is that this debilitating disease will have disappeared completely very soon.

Story by: DA


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