Thursday, 8 December 2016


Elwy Street

The above image of Elwy Street, Rhyl, in the snow appeared in a previous post. I said at the time that it would make a nice Christmas card, so here it is from me to you. Thanks for reading.

An item has come to hand re: Kinmel Park Camp near Bodelwyddan, a card dated Christmas Day 1919 (the year after World War 1 ended) and signed by W.B. Hughes, Chaplain to the Forces:
Click on it to read the small print.

Kinmel Park Camp

More local militaria is in the pipeline for next year plus more of everything from Rhyl and district. Stay safe until then. Best wishes.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Frohe Weihnachten und Happy New Year

веселого Рождества и счастливого Нового года

joyeux Noel et bonne année

З Різдвом і Новим Роком

Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo

Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku

vrolijk kerstfeest en een gelukkig nieuwjaar


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Tuesday, 6 December 2016


Picture from The Guardian newspaper
Prior to the 2016 General Election, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron announced that there would be an IN-OUT public referendum on UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). 

He did so to dissuade Tory voters from deserting his party in favour of the nutty United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Given that the referendum was called for party political reasons, and the advantages of EU membership were self-evident, Mr. Cameron did not expect a majority of the electorate to vote Leave. The Government had no plan in place for such an eventuality.

[Mr. Cameron has since dropped out of politics altogether, thereby avoiding awkward questions.]

Prime Ministership passed to Theresa May who, as Home Secretary, had bent over backwards to deport a man to Jordan. The man was acquitted in Jordan because of lack of evidence. Mrs. May had never stopped to consider the strength of the case against him.

The headstrong Mrs. May decided to push ahead with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU even though the referendum was not binding on Government; it was only an opinion poll.

Since then Mrs. May has had to be reminded by the courts that we have a democratic system of Government that requires her to seek Parliamentary approval before she takes even one step towards Leaving.

Later, towards the end of November, Scotland and Wales won the right to have a say in the current court case which is about the timing of that first step. I should think so, too  the UK is not all about England.

We in Wales should not give up our European citizenship without a fight. One way to fight is by joining Plaid Cymru. The party takes a pro-EU stance and aims in the long term for Welsh independence within Europe:

Another way to fight is by donating funds to bring legal cases against Leavites who spread lies and hatred during the EU referendum campaign and to bring legal challenges against the Government when necessary.

There are a number of these funds. Seek by surfing and nosing around social media and you should find them.

Next year must see a determined push to keep us in the EU. Common sense must prevail over mob rule.



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Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Photo from Daily Post

(Owain) Arfon Jones, Crime Commissioner of North Wales Police, was elected to his post earlier this year. He was the Plaid Cymru candidate. Nowhere in his various statements before and immediately after the election do I recall his mentioning the subject of drugs.

Recently he has been in the news expressing the opinion that cannabis should be legalised for medical uses. (Nobody is arguing against that as long the NHS is in control.) Even more recently he has called for the legalisation of all drugs to be considered.

A few years ago the same call came from former Chief Constable Richard ‘The Clown’ Brunstrom whose antics brought North Wales Police into disrepute. Perhaps some influential person within North Wales Police is persuading his or her seniors round to this point of view – someone with budgeting responsibilities perhaps.

Legalisation of drugs would certainly save police forces a lot of money (not that the taxpayers would get a refund). Legalisation of everything would save them even more money and allow them more time to loll around in canteens and sit yawning in police cars.

Some young people are being discouraged from getting into illegal drugs because they don’t want to risk trouble with the law. Legalisation would remove that deterrence, increase the number of users and increase the long-term cost of care incurred by NHS and social services.

Police, having failed to enforce drug laws effectively, now wish to pass the buck to other agencies.

Crime Commissioner Jones’ comments may well encourage drug users and dealers and make the situation even more difficult in drug-blighted communities such as Rhyl West.

Plaid and ALL other parties should ensure their candidates are open and honest with the public on highly controversial topics such as abortion, illegal drugs, gay marriage, whatever. If they hold strong views (for or against) we should be told before we cast our vote and not after.


Friday, 25 November 2016


As far as I can tell, none of the following nautical images has appeared previously in Rhyl Life.

Perversely we start with an item that may not be Rhyl. Certainly we had plenty of boats like this 'City of Birmingham', I'm just not sure the pier is Rhyl's. Anyway, the postcard is circa 1900:


Click on any image to see a bigger version.

Foryd Harbour Rhyl

Above is a card postmarked 1905. The painting is by Warren Williams (1863-1918); far right would be the toll bridge that preceded the present Foryd Bridge.
Mr. Williams produced work elsewhere in North Wales including Conwy, Llandudno and Snowdonia.

These two show in the foreground the remains of the ship 'City of Ottawa' which came aground before World War 1. The colour card is postmarked 1906, the other is from early 1930s:

City of Ottawa wreck remains
Prince Leopold

Above is the PS (paddle steamer) Rhosneigr previously named Prince Leopold. The Rhosneigr paddled cheerfully in and out of Rhyl during the 1906-1907-1908 summer seasons until wrecked near Rhos-on-Sea and the Little Orme on 20th July 1908.

Now for a couple of rare shots of Rhyl harbour and estuary from 1920s:

Foryd Harbour

L. S. Lowry made this sketch of the harbour in 1925:

Rhyl harbour

Here, a night shot of the present Foryd Bridge in its pre-blue days:

Foryd Bridge

Below: an amateur snapshot from the 1960s:

Next is an unposted card. What shall we say for this  1980s?  

Foryd Harbour

A comparatively recent composition by Rhyl photographer Jo Jenner:

Jo Jenner

Foryd Harbour is where the township of Rhyl began and where the present wave of regeneration started in 2013 with Pont y Ddraig, the new swing bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.
Copyright in the following photo belongs to

Pont y Ddraig, Dragon Bridge swing

Regeneration continues at long last across the road from the harbour, on the former Ocean Beach Fun Fair site. Further east our Sun Centre is being replaced by a more up-to-date attraction.
The harbour and promenade must be kept shipshape. The seafront, as far as the outside world is concerned, is Rhyl.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016


Grange Laundry

From Mary Gizzi via Dilys Bagnall comes this picture of staff at Grange Laundry, Grange Road, Rhyl. The date is thought to be the 1950s and – if correct  the occasion might have been a gathering to commemorate 50 years of the business (opened in 1905).
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In version below, the face under red dot is Peter Lloyd of Kingsley Ave / under yellow dot is Irene Vickers / green is (Beatrice) Frances Egerton who turned 100 in April this year.
Blue is a Mrs. Adams whose husband Fred worked for the company as a van driver / purple is Nona Jones of Williams Street / orange is Tommy Roberts known as 'Tommy Boiler' / pink is Dilys Evans of Brynhyfryd Ave.

The identifications are by Dilys Bagnall and my pal Bill Ellis who both worked at Grange Laundry at a later date.

Dilys says, "I worked for two years on the Hoffman press. I enjoyed it but kept getting bad chests because the heat was like a greenhouse. The manager at that time was Mr. Hindley who was a lovely man. I recall Tommy Roberts (‘Tommy Boiler’) and wife Margaret and daughter Eileen.
The laundry provided a lot of work for local people and the pay was pretty good. I remember Peter Lloyd, Irene Vickers and Gwen Gill from Rhuddlan on the staff when I was there."

Bill says, "I worked at Grange Laundry from 1961 until January 1966 when I left to sell insurance for a living. As an afterthought I can add one more name: the little lady standing behind the bench, all in white with swept back hair is Bertha Hewitt - she was Peter Lloyd's auntie."

Can you, dear readers, provide more IDs?
Colin Jones / email:


Monday, 14 November 2016


Time to focus on gifts and presents. What can I suggest for the Rhylite who has everything? A Rhyl-crested china miniature grandfather clock, teapot, three-handled loving cup or jug? 

How about these suggestions from Dave Williams: on your left a travel charm for your bracelet, and on you right a little badge for your lapel.


How about a pig? Don't see many of these in Rh . . . Oh I don't know, though . . .


Much appreciated might be a Bicycle brooch, Rhyl Golf fridge magnet or an old Pavilion sugar bowl.

And here is a T-shirt for wearing on days out in Llandudno:

T shirt Tee

On the general subject of giving, here is a tankard inscribed, "CYRIL JONES ESQ. ON THE OCCASION OF HIS OPENING THE CLWYD MARKET RHYL JULY 4TH 1972"

Clwyd Market

Who can tell me who Cyril Jones was and/or where Clwyd Market was? This is not a quiz question - I am looking for the information.
Colin Jones / email:


Statistics watchers may like to know that the total number of pageviews of this blog has now passed the 400,000 mark.

Last month the number of pageviews from United States of America was more than double the number from the UK.

Germany, France and Netherlands are showing a lot of interest, and so are Russia and Australia.

My thanks to everybody who contributed comments, info and pix. Diolch!