The Bann Disc is the journal of the Coleraine Historical Society.
To date (2018), twenty four volumes of the Bann Disc have appeared in print.
The launch of volume 24, 2018 took place in the Sandel Centre on Tuesday 6 November 2018 and the guest speaker was Claire Sugden MLA. The event was overshadowed by the sudden death of our Chairman Robert Anderson 2 days previously.
Robert’s son and daughter attended and spoke briefly on their father and the Society. Tommy McDonald gave a tribute which was followed by one minute’s silence.
Claire paid tribute to Robert and congratulated the Society on the production of Bann Disc vol 24.
The launch of volume 23, 2017 took place in the Sandel Centre on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and was attended by over 50 members and guests. The guest speaker was Mr. Maurice Bradley, local MLA., who congratulated the Society on producing such an excellent publication over many years.
Guest speaker Maurice Bradley
On this evening Jennifer Cunningham gave up her post as editor of the Bann Disc. She had edited it for many years and the Society gave her gifts in appreciation of her work.
Jennifer receiving presentation from Chairman Robert Anderson
Jennifer giving her thank you speech
Members and guests at the Bann Disc launch
Coverage by Coleraine Chronicle – (highlight to enlarge photo)
Over 40 members and visitors attended the launch in Coleraine Library. The Deputy Mayor Mr James McCorkell spoke of how impressed he was with the Society and the 22nd edition of the Bann Disc. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served.
|Andrew Kane, Barbara Harding, Jennifer Cunningham and James McCorkell||Stanley Bate, Maurice Platt, Bobbie Baxter|
Jeremy, who had been house manager of the theatre, gave a most interesting and entertaining account of its history.
An enthusiastic member of the Steering Group formed (1972 -76) to found the theatre was the vice-chancellor’s wife – Mrs Burgess.
Peter Morrow was the architect of the “new style” building which could seat 400 people. The auditorium had a flexible design. and there were good back stage facilities with state of the art air conditioning. The cost was £381,000.
The theatre was officialy opened in 1976 by H.M.Queen, however, the first planned production, “Dial M for Murder”, fell through and was replaced by a production of political sketches by 784 Company from Scotland. Three full time staff and 150 volunteers help to keep the theatre going. The Archive contains publicity material and contracts for everyone who performed.
Volume 21 was launched in Coleraine Library on 14 October 2015. Chairman Barbara Harding introduced the Mayor, Michelle Knight-McQuillan, who congratulated the Society on its thriving for 31 years and the production of an excellent volume 21 of the Bann Disc. Over 40 members and guests enjoyed tea, coffee and biscuits after the launch.
Back row L to R: Jean Clayton, Robert Anderson, Chris Kirkpatrick, Tommy McDonald, Jo Carter. Front row: Barbara Harding, Diana Kirkpatrick, The Mayor, Jennifer Cunningham, Frances Wilson.
The 2014 edition was launched on Wednesday 15 October 2014 in Coleraine Library at 7pm. Our guest of honour was the Mayor. Mr.George Duddy. He congratulated the Society on reaching 20 volumes of the journal and wished us future success. The event was well attended and tea, coffee and biscuits were served.
A new Subject and Author index is now available on the web site. To access it move down this page until you come to “An index is now available” and click on this. Printed copies are available.
The mayor Mr David Harding launched this year’s Bann Disc in Coleraine Library. He gave a most interesting talk and praised the content of the journal. This was followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and the sale of the journal.
This year’s edition, volume 18, was launched in Coleraine Library on Wednesday 10 October 2012 by David McClarty MLA. The Chairperson, Jennifer Cunningham, thanked contributors, helpers and the Library for their efforts. The evening ended with tea, coffee and biscuits which were enjoyed by over 30 guests.
The 2011 edition (vol 17) of our journal Bann Disc was launched on Thursday 13 October at 7.30pm in Coleraine Library. It was well attended by the Mayor and c 50 guests. Tea and biscuits were served and copies of the new edition were sold.