Showbands: We experienced the pleasure of live music from visiting bands at our dances and ceidhles. They would all be fronted by a vocalist and dancers would send up pieces of paper with song requests written on them.
‘Skins’ Collectors: One way to supplement a family income was to keep one or more pigs in an enclosed area on an allotment or in a back yard. They would devour anything and the owners would appeal to neighbours to hand over their ‘refuse’ – that is, the ‘skins’ of peeled potatoes and vegetables and the uneaten scrapings off dinner plates. Many complied and there was a steady business. When the new ‘housing estates’ came into being in the late 50’s-60’s the ‘Rent Lady’ was instructed to ensure that tenants weren’t keeping pigs in the yard in breach of their tenancy agreement. Many did anyway.
The Peddlar: He would sell items such as lace, ribbon, thread, needles and buttons. He wasn’t in the big league of the Dromintee Pahvee with his cloths!
Bandstand in The Park: Brass bands were still all the rage and a favourite venue was Warrenpoint Park. Also in Warrenpoint in the summer, talent contests were held where children would dance and sing, recite poetry or play musical instruments for general entertainment.
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