This striking photograph from our archive was taken 20 years ago this month at Derby's Guildhall. The troupe of dancers were just about to take to the stage to compete in the 90th Derby Arts Festival, which was being held at the iconic city centre venue. The photo shows members of the Caroline Green School of Dancing, which was at that time based in Willington. The dancers were about to compete in Class 77 of the festival’s dance section. The event is an amateur competitive festival for dance, music, speech and drama which was founded back in 1908. This year's competition is currently in full swing with speech and drama classes until this Thursday at St John the Evangelist Church, Bridge Street. Dance and instrumental classes will follow with the final classes on Monday, May 7. … [Read more...] about Photo showcases dancers ahead of Derby Arts Festival performance 20 years ago
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By his own admission the master of Ditcheat is short of the kind of superstars that once lit up National Hunt racing in Britain and for much of this season, and this week, he has been forced to watch his great rival Nicky Henderson steal the show. However, Politologue has been the trainer's standout performer this term, winning the Haldon Gold Cup, the Tingle Creek and the Desert Orchid Chase in the first half of the season, and while he was no match for Henderson-trained juggernaut Altior on his last couple of starts, he enjoyed another day in the sun on Merseyside. The two-and-a-half-mile contest was billed as a match between two Irish challengers in Queen Mother Champion Chase runner-up Min and Ryanair Chase hero Balko Des Flos, but 11-1 shot Politologue had other ideas and got the better of a dust-up with Min by a neck. Nicholls said: "It was a brilliant ride by Sam. He just didn't finish his race at Cheltenham, so we had a look at his wind and we put a tongue tie on. "The … [Read more...] about ‘It is 20 years ago today I lost him, but thank you Aintree’
Senator George Mitchell, the US diplomat who chaired the negotiations, insisted there was much to celebrate despite the current political impasse at Stormont. "Northern Ireland is a much safer, much better, much more successful place than it was 20 years ago," he said."The agreement did not purport to be the solution to all the problems for all time in Northern Ireland."He said the problems facing devolution could be resolved."New challenges emerge," he said."I believe that this challenge can be met, as were the challenges of 1998, through courageous political leadership."Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government since last January.However, former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has expressed confidence in the future.He said: "The institutions will be back in place. The Good Friday Agreement remains the accord which is going to guide politics on this island and arrangements on this island and relationships on this island into the foreseeable future."I think the future is … [Read more...] about Senator George Mitchell: ‘Northern Ireland much safer than it was 20 years ago’
0 Comments Gregory Campbell: Why we can learn lessons from the mistakes of 20 years ago BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It's now 20 years since the Belfast Agreement was negotiated. Many people are marking the event in different ways. In the intervening two decades, the truth has been lost or obscured. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/gregory-campbell-why-we-can-learn-lessons-from-the-mistakes-of-20-years-ago-36791335.html Email It's now 20 years since the Belfast Agreement was negotiated. Many people are marking the event in different ways. In the intervening two decades, the truth has been lost or obscured. The narrative that is now peddled is that the Belfast Agreement was an historic document which brought peace. The facts are that both the IRA and loyalist paramilitaries had declared ceasefires some four years previously. An agreement flowed from those respective ceasefires but despite the hyperbole, it was fundamentally flawed. The agreement was … [Read more...] about Gregory Campbell: Why we can learn lessons from the mistakes of 20 years ago
0 Comments Alf McCreary: Where are today's strong leaders to build on our hopes from 20 years ago? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Most people can recall what they were doing when the historic Good Friday Agreement was announced on April 10, 1998. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/alf-mccreary/alf-mccreary-where-are-todays-strong-leaders-to-build-on-our-hopes-from-20-years-ago-36781335.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36782232.ece/8c4b9/AUTOCROP/h342/6_GORDON_WILSON.Iri.jpg Email Most people can recall what they were doing when the historic Good Friday Agreement was announced on April 10, 1998. I was in the midst of a career turning point as I prepared to leave Queen's University after 14 crowded years as its first information director and return to full-time writing. My first reaction was that the GFA would make life less difficult at Queen's for the new vice-chancellor professor George Bain compared to his predecessor Professor Sir Gordon … [Read more...] about Alf McCreary: Where are today’s strong leaders to build on our hopes from 20 years ago?