Tuesday, 14 September 2010


Last time I said the Spanboard factory was 'mothballed'. Over the last couple of days the chimneys have been dismantled. To-day they're gone.

When I took the last photo, I didn't realise it would record the end of an era. Those chimneys have been a feature of the local skyline since 1959.
Originally smaller, they gained height over the years as changes in legislation forced the company to emit smoke and dust higher in the air.

Friday, 3 September 2010


We've had beautiful weather for the last few days - much better than most of July and August.

The photo is a view up the River Bann, upstream of Coleraine. The chimneys in the background belong to a factory called Spanboard.
Opened in 1959, Spanboard manufactured chipboard until last year when the plant was mothballed as a result of the recession.

I hope 'mothballed' isn't a euphemism for 'closed down for good'.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Evening in Portballintrae

I haven't been blogging for over four months now. Long, clear evenings keep me away from my computer. But as summer comes to an end, it's time for a new start.

The photo above was taken this evening in Portballintrae - which is at the eastern end of the Coleraine Borough Council area.