The members of Ballymoney and District Soroptimists International welcomed Keith Beatty of Ballymoney Museum to their meeting on 19.04.2012. Keith’s topic was Marathon Mac and other centenary stories. This tied in with the Museums current exhibition commemorating the Olympic victory of K K McArthur and other famous events of 1912. The exhibition runs until 22 Sept 2012.
Kennedy Mc Authur was a Dervock man who after emigrating to South Africa won a gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics. Keith outlined details of forthcoming local events to celebrate this wonderful achievment. We enjoyed a highly entertaining talk that was full of well informed amusing anecdotes.
Ballymoney is the final resting place of a Titanic survivor–Wilfred Seward and the staff at Ballymoney Museum continue to try to find more details of his remarkable story.
Ulster Day was held in opposition to Home Rule in 1912 and Keith outlined some of the local involvement including the groundbreaking step of women being allowed to sign the declaration!!
The ladies of S I Ballymoney and District were delighted to hear that the suffragette movement in 1912 had Ballymoney supporters!
Dr Pamela Henderson proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the members. An enjoyable and entertaining evening concluded with supper.