‘Richard Hayward’s East Antrim’ exhibition launched

A new multi-media exhibition celebrating the life of Richard Hayward (1892-1964), a popular actor, singer, writer and broadcaster, was launched at Larne Museum & Arts Centre on Thursday 14 November.

The museum were delighted to welcome Richard’s son Ricky, who travelled from Kent for the event, and also Richard’s grandson Paul.

The exhibition features audio and video of Hayward and includes artefacts from the archives of Libraries NI and National Museums Northern Ireland.

Hayward appeared as part of the line-up for the opening night of Ulster Television, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The first person to appear on screen was Sir Laurence Olivier who introduced Lord Antrim, the Chairman of UTV, who was then followed by His Excellency, Lord Wakehurst, Governor of Northern Ireland.

Sir Laurence Olivier then introduced a segment that would “look back at the Ulster of yesterday in comparison with the Ulster of today. It is a task fit for a minstrel, and happily we have the minstrel here with us – Richard Hayward.”

The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 15 November until Tuesday 31 December and includes Saturday opening on 14 December.

This project has received financial support from The Executive Office through Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme.

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