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Tributes paid to Robert Anderson

Peter Winter

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Peter Winter

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Last week's launch of the latest edition of the Bann Disc was a solemn occasion, coming as it did just two days after the death of its editor.

The event did, however provide an opportunity for all those who shared Robert Anderson's passion for local history to pay tribute to a man described as “a font of local knowledge”

Tuesday's gathering, organised by Coleraine Historical Society, of which he was chair, went ahead at the request of Robert's family.

There was no more fitting reminder of his enthusiasm for the region's heritage than the seven articles he penned for the latest edition of the society's journal.

Among them were three chapters reflecting his second passion - the sea, born from decades spent working on or around ships.

It was a career path that saw Captain Robert Anderson assume the role of Coleraine pilot, riverboat skipper and latterly harbour master in Portrush.

* For more on this see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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