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14 March 2007 - Blue Plaque Unveiling - William Steel Dickson

A fine spring afternoon, turning cooler as the day went on, greeted the guests to the unveiling of a blue plaque in commemoration of a former Minister of Portaferry Presbyterian Church.

The event was well attended, with representatives of the Upper Ards Historical Society, the Mayor, Angus Carson, and several Councillors - Joe Boyle, Keiran McCarthy and Jim McBrier of North Down and Ards Borough Council and many of the Church congregation. Doreen Corcoran, introducing the proceedings, thanked the church and the local historical society for hosting the event and the Council for their financial support. The senior member of the congregation, Jeannie Croskery, unveiled the plaque (not without a little difficulty at first do to the height of the plaque).

Amy Anderson, President of the Upper Ards Historical Society, gave a short talk about Steel Dickson, his involvement in the United Irishmen movement, his internment and subsequent life. The group then fell on the magnificent repast prepared by the congregation and consumed it with gusto (not 'a sauce', more 'with relish').

These photos give some flavour of the event.

Guests arrive for the ceremony the unveiling ceremony - PHOTO Pat Devlin Doreen Corcoran opens the proceedings  - PHOTO Pat Devlin
Guest gather for the unveiling ceremony
Doreen Corcoran, Chairperson of the Ulster History Circle, opens the proceedings
Jeannie Croskery, the senior member of the congregation, prepares to unveil the plaque - PHOTO Pat Devlin After a little difficulty, the plaque is unveiled - PHOTO Pat Devlin Posing for the ground based photographer of the local press - PHOTO Pat Devlin
Jeannie Croskery, the senior member of the congregation, prepares to unveil the plaque
After a little difficulty, the plaque is unveiled
Posing for the ground based photographer of the local press
Group photo - PHOTO Pat Devlin The plaque in place on the church - PHOTO Pat Devlin
Doreen Corcoran, Chair of the Ulster History Circle; Amy Anderson, President of Upper Ards Historical Society; Angus Carson, Mayor of North Down and Ards Borough Council, John McMullan, Rev. David Gray and Jeannie Croskerry, Portaferry Presbyterian Church.
The plaque in place on the church


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