Sunday, 22 May 2016


Above is a card; the postmark seems to be 1913. The picture shows a Rhyl scene after snow.
The question: In what road/street was the photographer standing?
The correct answer would score 1 win.

Below is a photo taken in April this year of a Rhyl scene with a place name blanked out.
The question: What is the connection between the missing place name and a railway?
The correct answer would score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 28th May 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

Colin Jones / email:



Last Sunday I posted this undated photograph. The question: Where in Rhyl is the bus? 

The answer: High Street.
The tall building in the far background is the Woolworth/B&M building. The unit occupied by Crossleys the cleaners was until recently a shoe shop named Soled Out which currently is changing into a mixed goods shop with no name so far:

Also I posted a picture of an Edwardian scene on the sands. At centre-right is a white tent-shaped structure. The question: What is it?
The answer: Camera Obscura.
Here is the undoctored original with the name restored:

The structure had a rotating angled mirror on the roof, projecting an image of the landscape onto a horizontal surface inside - fascinating bit of hi-tech at the time!
Nudging into view far right is the minstrel pitch.
The pic is from the collection of the late Peter Adams.

Scoring 1 win for High Street and/or 1 win for Camera Obscura: Dilys Bagnall 2, The Great Gareth 2, Jane Shuttle 2, Sue Handley 1.


Friday, 20 May 2016


Part of Rhyl life is Rhyl death. Recently I had to arrange my own funeral and hoped to be buried in a Denbighshire woodland cemetery, pay off my funeral director, and then forget about it.

But Denbighshire County Council does not allow the purchase of plots in advance. Therefore I could not be guaranteed a place at the cemetery of my choice, and nor could I 'pay and forget' because I have to keep an eye on the council's price for a plot and make topup payments to my funeral plan accordingly.

The council's policy of not allowing the purchase of plots in advance has made a complete mess of my arrangements and introduced elements of worry into what is already a delicate and difficult matter. My enquiries about the situation continue.

Meanwhile, a High Street worker tells me that her father is buried in a Denbighshire graveyard and her mother – still in good health – expressed a wish to have the plot next to him. The family were told they could not buy it in advance and therefore the mother’s choice of a final resting place was thwarted. What a disgrace!

Denbighshire council is an authority with a dubious sense of what is important to the public.


MON 23rd MAY 2016 UPDATEI have had a telephone call from the relevant Head of Department at Denbighshire County Council. He says that the policy was introduced in 1976 (which is a couple of decades before the present Denbighshire was formed). He does not know why the policy was introduced and has no plans to review it.


Thursday, 19 May 2016


Last week in the company of my pal Diane Heirene I made a return visit to Val Adams, widow of Peter Adams who collected old Rhyl pictures. Some that I borrowed are in this post; others will pop up later as quiz questions.

This pic was taken in the wake of a big fire that damaged a large part of Market Street in 1903. The photographer had his back to High Street looking towards Queen Street where a large number of people are peering over a barrier at the wreckage.

Further away in the photo is Rhyl Town Hall and its separate Market Hall. Just visible through the gap between these two buildings is a Water Street business named (W.N.?) Martin.

Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

Below is a advertising card of Grosvenor Saddlery Works, Rhyl. I wonder where that was. 
The lower item is a 1930s snap of a shop, C.W. Evans, greengrocer, florist and fruiterer, which may have been in the Grange Road area:


Above: a mix of local councillors and Rhyl Football Club personnel at a double cup event presumed to be circa 1950. In the back row, 2nd from left is Councillor Glyn(ne) Vaughan, and that may be Don Spendlove further along in a fetching three-piece striped suit.

Unmistakeable in foreground, centre-right is footballer Tom McKillop holding one end of a trophy at the other end of which is Councillor P.T. (Phil) Trehearn. Is that Bill Russell the team manager furthest right?
Do send me your corrections, errors and omissions.


Above: An undated and rather charming shot of Elwy Street in the snow. Would make a nice Christmas card!

Copyright in this picture of Rhyl lifeboat belongs to Philip Micheu. The late Peter Adams, collector of all these items, is standing in the foreground (furthest left).
Paul Frost MBE, Deputy 2nd Coxswain & Press Officer, Rhyl RNLI says, "This picture is in our boathouse mounted in a frame on card. Next to Peter are George Povah, Coxswain William (Billy) Hunt, 2nd Coxswain Gerald Hughes who still comes to the boathouse, and Stan Drummond. In the background is Dennis Jones with Bruce Herbert BEM in front of him."

"The boat had just returned from a long service. Don’t know the date but it is early 1960’s. The lifeboat is the 'Anthony Robert Marshall'. Only Bruce and Gerald are still with us, the rest are deceased."

Copyright in the following photo of Peter Adams the collector at a later date, belongs to Rhyl Journal:

Paul Frost says, “Peter is shown inside the canopy of the ‘Har-Lil’ Oakley-class lifeboat, on station 1969 to 1990. Pete is sat in the mechanic’s seat in front of the long range medium-frequency radio. I sat on the other side as radio operator and assistant mechanic. The photo was taken from the coxswain’s position looking towards the front of the boat, probably in the mid 1970s.”

Thanks Paul, and this seems an ideal moment to urge Rhyl Life readers to give generously to the lifeboat whenever the opportunity arises. These men risk their own lives to save others.


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Monday, 16 May 2016


Above: Members of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

I have never believed that leaving the European Union is a serious option. Anti-EU crusaders want big public support at next month’s referendum so that the UK’s terms of membership could be renegotiated from a position of more strength.

Meanwhile, voters are being led by the nose to believe that our exit from EU is an absolute possibility, and exit would mean an end to immigration (it wouldn’t) and alternative markets would welcome us with open arms and no strings (unproven).

In next month’s referendum a majority of voters are not likely to favour leaving EU, but even if they did it would not mean automatic exit. An ‘exit’ Bill would go before Members of Parliament whose job is to do what is best for the UK regardless of referenda.

My guess is that the Bill would be debated, defeated and kicked into the long grass while the Government continued to renegotiate.

The Bank of England and the International Monetary Fund have warned of a shock to the UK economy if Britain were actually to leave EU. Jobs and wages, investments and savings, private pensions and mortgages could be affected adversely, directly or indirectly.

There is no guarantee that we would be any better off for leaving, so it makes no sense to take the risk. The economy of Wales in particular is not robust enough to withstand a lot of turbulence.

We are Europeans. We need to come to terms with who and where we are in wider sense, and put the ‘Little Britain’ brigade back into their box for another thirty years.


Sunday, 15 May 2016


Above is an undated photograph, clearly not very old.
The question: Where in Rhyl is the bus? 
The correct answer would score 1 win.

Below is a postcard of an Edwardian scene on the sands. At centre-right of the picture is a white tent-shaped structure.
The question: What is it?
(and don't say, "It's a white tent-shaped structure!")
The correct answer would score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 21st May 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

Colin Jones / email:



Last Sunday I posted these images of four persons of Rhyl interest and asked who they were:

Above is Don Splendlove, Rhyl Football Club's incomparable goal scorer of the late 1940s and 1950s. Mr. Spendlove was also a plumber:

The Spendlove items were supplied by Dave Williams. Thanks, Dave!

Below is G. Mervyn Williams who was a teacher at Christ Church School, Vaughan Street in the 1950s. Mr. Williams left in 1957 to be headmaster of the C. of E. School in Garston, Lancs.

Above is Linda Trehearn in her 'flipping burgers' days at the snack bar in the family's arcade, Vern's Amusements in West Parade. Last I heard of Linda she was working in a care home in Rhyl.

Below is Mohammed Mehmet who has been the Chief Executive of Denbighshire County Council for the last 7 years. Recently I saw him on TV in his role of Chief Returning Officer announcing an election result in English and Welsh

Scoring 1 win for each correct name: The Great Gareth 2, Jane Shuttle 2, Dilys Bagnall 1, Sue Handley 2.


Earlier this month there was an election of Police & Crime Commissioner for North Wales. The winner was the Plaid Cymru candidate Owain Arfon Jones who is an ex-police inspector and a Wrexham councillor.

Click here to read about Mr. Jones' plans and priorities in Daily Post: