UDR man jailed – 1989
21-YEAR-OLD full-time member of the UDR who assaulted a Catholic man and burst open the door of a Castlederg public house where he ran for shelter, was jailed for three months at Strabane Court.
Sentencing the soldier, Resident Magistrate Robert Porter said such behaviour on the part of a member of the security forces must be condemned.
The subjection of an innocent pedestrian to gratuitous violence simply because he was a Catholic would not be tolerated.
The court heard that the injured party had been walking along Ferguson Crescent when he was approached by a crowd of around 16 youths.
They congregated around him and asked “Are you a Fenian?”
The man walked away but he was followed by the crowd and then struck by the defendant. He ran into a nearby bar where the publican said the defendant banged on the door and burst it open.
A STORE of ammunition and weapons were found by police from Omagh during a search in the Altamuskin, Sixmilecross area.
The weapon hide, which consisted of six AKM rifles of Rumanian manufacture, was concealed in a ditch.
The weapons were in excellent condition and all in complete working order. A police spokesman said the find was the result of a planned search which they had carried out in that area.
The showband sound – 1964
WE have had Rhythm and Blues, Rock-an’-Roll, the Twist and the Liverpool Beat, as well as the numerous variations of these, the principal big beat crazes over the past six or seven years.
Lately, however, the trend in Britain has been reverting back to Rhythm and Blues, which seems to indicate that the teenagers are tiring of the Liverpool sound as they have of the previous big beat crazes.
Something new is due on the scene very shortly. Could it be the Showband sound? It is more than possible.
Since autumn of 1963 no less than six recordings by Irish showbands have topped the Irish hit parade, the most popular of these probably being ‘Kiss Me Quick’ by Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband, which stayed at the top for 13 weeks.
None of these, however, has made any impact on the British charts. Nevertheless, with a good original number and the right amount of publicity, any of our top showbands could break the ice in Britain, and perhaps follow in the footsteps of the Beatles and Co.
AND WHY NOT?
Isn’t the Irish showband as good if not better than the cross-channel groups who at present monopolise the top 20?
Before long we may see the Beatles, Rolling Stones etc being overshadowed by the Royal, Miami, Capitol or any of the many other outstanding bands in the country.
By the way, don’t forget Bill Haley and the Comets at the Palindrome Ballroom in Strabane on Thursday night.
A bus to the dance will leave Omagh depot at 9.15pm.
Threat of ‘ruthless war’ – 1939
THE threat of ruthless and unrestrained warfare and suggestions of peace offers to anti-Nazi Germany were contained in the official announcements on Wednesday.
An announcement by the German Command on the Polish Front declared that Polish civilians were waging guerilla warfare and that open towns and villages in Poland would be bombed and shelled in order to crush civil resistance.
Lord Halifax, British Foreign Secretary, declared that if the German threat was put into effect the restriction which the British Government had imposed on the operations of its forces, and which he said, was conditional on similar restraint being imposed by their opponents, would no longer be obligatory, and the British Government would claim a free hand to take any action it considered appropriate.
There is, at the moment, a big massing of French and British troops on the Franco-British front, and an engagement is expected shortly.
Since the commencement of hostilities, 15 British ships are reported to have been sunk by German submarines.
From Brussels it is reported that there is no concealing in Berlin that German submarine commanders have been ordered to “wage war to the death” and torpedo any ships reported to be carrying goods which might be regarded as contraband of war.
A German communiqué states that “almost all the territory in Poland that formerly belonged to Germany is now in “German hands.”
Royal Assent for Home Rule – 1914
THE Home Rule Bill received the Royal Assent in the House of Lords, and there followed subsequently in the House of Commons a scene unprecedented and unparalleled in British annals.
The whole assembly rose, as did likewise the occupants of the Strangers’ Gallery and the Press Gallery, while the members sang ‘God Save the King.’ Then a radical member shouted out, “God save Ireland,” to which John Redmond responded in ringing tones, “And God save England!” Cheers loud and prolonged followed.
There were the memorable incidents that marked the final act in perfecting the instrument of national self-government.
If stage managers had been projecting for years a closing scene fitting for a great political drama they never could have equalled, or come near to equalling, the electrifying effects which those spontaneous outbursts produced.
OMAGH MAN WOUNDED
FROM information to hand we learn that Lance-Corporal James Corey, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, has been admitted into hospital suffering from wounds received while in action with his regiment in France.
Lance Corporal Corey, who was well-known in Omagh district, was reported dead some time ago.
But we are glad to be able to state to his many friends and acquaintances that he has only been slightly wounded, and that he is progressing favourably.
He left Omagh with the first batch of Inniskilling Fusiliers.