7 Degrees West - Cobbling in Cushendall

7 Degrees West - Cobbling in Cushendall

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Cushendall, Glens of Antrim, Will McKillop's cobbler's shop





03min 01sec




Betacam SP

black and white


Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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In this short excerpt and as part of Charlie Witherspoon’s tour of the Glens of Antrim, Charlie cycles to Cushendall to visit his friend Willy McKillop, a man known for his reputation as a great cobbler and a pretty good singer too. William talks about his craft, how he learnt in and even sings a song, ‘Glenarm Bay’.

This report was shot for a series called 7 Degrees West, a kind of early forerunner of Lesser Spotted Ulster, which saw features on old traditions and off-the-beaten-track places. Although the complete programmes, which included studio material, have gone from the archives, a number of these filmed location shoots featuring Charlie on his bike have survived. Look out for others in the Digital Film Archive.


Presented by Charles Witherspoon

Interviewee is William McKillop


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