White Rock Hall, Scollockstown, near Tyrella Beach

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White Rock Hall, Scollockstown, near Tyrella Beach

Post by Christopher on Thu May 15, 2008 3:38 am

A Co. Down historian is writing a history of a tiny dance hall called the White Rock Hall which once stood in a field at the side of the road about one mile from Tyrella Beach and four miles from Downpatrick in Co. Down. It opened in the early 1930s and closed in the early 1950s. Many Belfast people used to travel in buses from the city to attend dances in this Hall and/or to stay in the nearby Scollockstown village for their Summer holidays. Belfast folk helped make this dance hall a great success during its twenty years existence. Scollockstown is close to Tyrella Beach which was an extremely popular destination in those days. Some of those Belfast visitors had cameras and took photographs of their visits. It is hoped that some people with Belfast connections might have old photographs of their visit to this Hall or to Scollockstown hidden away somewhere in their attics.

Anyone still living who attended this Hall would now be in their late seventies or older. Does anyone connected with Belfast recall their parents or grandparents talking about their visits to Tyrella, or camping in Scollockstown? Might there be some old photos of their visits stashed away in a drawer somewhere? If you are able to assist please contact Lecale Man via a PM on www.belfastforum.co.uk He would be delighted to hear from you if you can help in any way. Remember, if he can get his article published in the local history journal, "Lecale Review", many fond memories (and hopefully photos) of the 1930s to 1950s period will be preserved forever, and available to everyone interested in this area of Co. Down to read and enjoy.

Thank you for any help you can give.


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