|C.S. Lewis was
born in East Belfast in 1898 and wrote many stories as
a young boy. In 1949 he wrote "The Lion, the Witch,
and the Wardrobe", which became the most famous of
the seven Chronicles of Narnia.
Van Morrison came from Hyndford
Street off the Beersbridge Road. Probably the most famous
entertainer to come out of East Belfast he was always
a keen musician. Van has numerous albums to his credit
and draws on his background in East Belfast for many
of his recordings, such as 'Cyprus Avenue'. In the 1960s
Van owned a record shop on the Beersbridge Road which
is now a tyre depot. Recently a plaque has been erected
on the house he grew up in on Hyndford Street.
George Jones, a radio personality,
has been in the local entertainment business for many
years and his band 'Clubsound' was well known as one
of the showband greats. Growing up on Greenville Street
off Bloomfield Avenue, he and his mates practised at
being a 'skiffle band' using the back of his father's
lorry as the stage! George formed a group which played
at local venues and included a saxophone-playing newcomer
called Van Morrison.
Under the stage name
Ronnie Carroll, East Belfast boy Ronnie Cleghorn
became one of the most popular artists of the 1950s.
He dominated the charts at that time.
East Belfast has produced
a high number of top-class football players including
George Best, Danny and Jackie Blanchflower, Sammy McIlroy,
David McCreery, Derek Dougan, Bill Bingham, and Eric
McMordie. The entertainment industry has also benefited
from the wealth of talent in East Belfast.