Abercorn and Hezlet Court tenants throwback to the 1950s

L-R Nan Patrick, John Cochrane, Mary Dougherty, Daphne Shields, Janet McCloskey; tenants and staff from Abercorn Court in Portrush at 1950s celebration as part of Clanmil Housings Treasure House Project.
L-R Nan Patrick, John Cochrane, Mary Dougherty, Daphne Shields, Janet McCloskey; tenants and staff from Abercorn Court in Portrush at 1950s celebration as part of Clanmil Housings Treasure House Project.

Poodle skirts and slicked back hair do’s were the fashion for people living at Abercorn Court in Portrush and Hezlet Court in Coleraine.

They were among 200 people from Clanmil Housing’s Independent Living Schemes who travelled to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra for a 1950’s themed celebration to mark the third year of the Treasure House Project.

L-R Gillian Rea, Scheme Co-Ordinator at Hezlet Court with Peggy Tunnahil and Meta Huey, tenants from Hezlet Court joined by Julie-Anne Greenlee, museum volunteer at the 1950s craft session as part of Clanmils Treasure House Project.

L-R Gillian Rea, Scheme Co-Ordinator at Hezlet Court with Peggy Tunnahil and Meta Huey, tenants from Hezlet Court joined by Julie-Anne Greenlee, museum volunteer at the 1950s craft session as part of Clanmils Treasure House Project.

Almost 200 tenants attended the summer celebration including tenants from Abercorn Court and Hezlet Court, where they got the chance to enjoy the entertainment.

Janet McCloskey, a tenant from Clanmil Housing’s Abercorn Court said: “All of my friends and I really enjoyed the 1950’s themed celebration at the museum. The Treasure House sessions are great days out, but the celebration events are always something special. This year there was lots of laughs and good criac, as we sang and danced and even got the chance to sample a few mocktails.”

Pictured are: L-R Nan Patrick, John Cochrane, Mary Dougherty, Daphne Shields, Janet McCloskey; tenants and staff from Abercorn Court in Portrush at 1950’s celebration as part of Clanmil Housing’s Treasure House Project.

Treasure House is a unique five year Big Lottery funded project that gives older people living at Clanmil’s housing schemes a chance to take part in workshops and experiences at Northern Ireland museum sites on a monthly basis. The project is designed to help prompt memories and start conversations with an aim to combat loneliness and social isolation.

L-R Brian Adams and Bobby Friel from Hezlet Court in Coleraine joined museum volunteer Suzanne Duncan for a craft session as part of the 1950s celebration at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

L-R Brian Adams and Bobby Friel from Hezlet Court in Coleraine joined museum volunteer Suzanne Duncan for a craft session as part of the 1950s celebration at Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.