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Ralph Lortie writes from Canada:
This is just a mild criticism of your story of March 30, about Ruby Murray. The story contains a few errors of fact, not the least of which was the statement that Ruby's second husband (Ray Lamar) was her 'original sweetheart'. Her first love was another Belfast singer, Jim McGarry (stage name Larry Peters). Please read my story about Jimmy McGarry in this link www3.sympatico.ca/rlortie001/COINSCANS/WhateverHappened.doc

This story has been posted in the forum of www.rubymurray.org. Otherwise, well done.

Ruby Murray

Dr Hugh McCartney, writes from Canada:
I read with interest your article on Robert Sugar [one of hundreds of Jewish evacuee children sent to Millisle in Co Down]. He and I attended Bangor Grammar School together and I often wondered what became of him.

At that time I lived in Helen's Bay and took the train to Bangor each day. There was another Jewish boy called Borgenicht who was with Mr Sugar and I believe they both came from Weineneustat. At school we had never come in contact with Europeans and especially Jewish people and they were accepted immediately. Sugar was a very gentle person and was very cultured.

I left school in 1945 and graduated in medicine from Queen's in 1949, subsequently emigrating to British Columbia, Canada. Sugar's name was a puzzle for other boys and perhaps it was an anglicised version of Zukerman or some such. He was a charming schoolmate and I have often thought about him. I hope his family survived the war but don't think they were ever mentioned. I send him my very best wishes.

WWII Evacuee Returns to Millisle

Larry Brown writes from Australia:
Have just read about cinemas in Belfast and about the Wurlitzer in the Classic. Myself and many other little boys and girls  -perhaps just after the war - went to the Classic as members of the GB (Gaumont British) Club.

As we all sat down the Wurlitzer rose (the organist's name is on the tip of my tongue!) and we sang many songs, the words of which were on the cinema screen. However,we started with the GB Club song which we all knew off by heart and which was sung with the maximum volume and gusto that 8 year olds could muster.

'We come along,on Saturday morning
Greeting everybody with a smile,
We come along, on Saturday morning, knowing that it's all worthwhile,
As members of the GB club
We all intend to be
Good citizens when we grow up
and Champions of the free.
We come along on Saturday morning
Greeting everybody with a Smile, SmILE, SMILE,
Greeting everybody with a smile.'

After 68 years and tis only like yesterday.

The Golden Age of Film

Helen Herholz writes from Canada:
I was born near Portglenone 77 years ago. I came to Regina, Sask, in 1957. My maiden name was Montgomery.  Last year my husband and I spent a few days with a cousin who has a condo in Portstewart and all being well we intend to go next year for a visit.

I really miss the ocean since I came to Canada as we are in the centre of Canada and thousands of miles from the Atlantic in eastern Canada and the Pacific in western Canada.  I was so delighted to find the website and see all the villages that I grew up in.  I really love Portstewart as it really has not changed much since I went on holiday there with my Mother when I was a little girl.  Of course Barrys Amusements brings back memories too.  Also going to fireworks on Rammore Head many years ago.  I worked in Ahoghill and also in Ballymena before coming to Canada.

Now you know why I am interested in Northern Ireland!


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