Portrush town hall, Co, Antrim, Northern Ireland! It was where musical evenings were presented, plays performed, lectures given, exhibitions staged and even, in days long ago, grand balls enjoyed and fine dinners consumed.It was where justice was dispensed (on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am, and was seen to be dispensed by a small but eager local audience; where talent contests for the talented were held; and where suitably qualified young ladies vied for beauty titles. It appears that the Earl of Antrim (who at that time owned much of the town) provided the land for the building to the Portrush Town Hall and Assembly Rooms Company, as that organisation entered into a 99 year lease with him in November 1871, paying an annual rent of £15. Although they must have had some capital in the form of gifts and subscriptions, they had to raise more money and held a fund-raising Bazaar as soon as the building was finished. Even so, in March 1873 they still owed Mr Dickson £500 of his £1800 contract, and were obliged to enter into a mortgage agreement with him by which he took possession of the building provided that “the said premises should be used for public purposes only”. As Mr Dickson was a builder rather than an entrepreneur this arrangement was probably not ideal for him, and in November 1874 the debt was paid to Dickson by a Dublin solicitor, Arthur Blessington Crookshank. U.S soldiers from Company L of the 168th Infantry, marching back to their quarters following a lecture at Portrush Town Hall. The 168th were stationed in Portrush during world war II, and were awaiting orders to storm the normandy coast during the D-day landings 1944!