Tuesday, 17 January 2017


A little teaser to keep you amused. Below is a 1960s/early '70s postcard of donkeys, riders and hangers-on. Love the little white handbag.

Beach sands donkeys pier

In the background, on the inside of the sea wall, is a large notice beginning PERSONS LEAVING BOTTLES . . .
The question: What does the complete notice say?
You have to be word perfect, mind!

No need to send me an email - just check your answer against mine to be published in this blog on Wednesday 25th January 2017 around 12 noon.



These photos from The Journal take us back to 1989 and the fledgling Rhyl Adventure Playground in Marsh Road at the time.

In the lower picture, with the children is play worker Tony Chilton. Handing over a donation is Clwyd County Councillor Ray Formstone, next to him is Denise Roebuck (a council officer), and on the receiving end is Dawn Simcock of Rhyl Community Agency.

Dawn, a jolly nice woman whom I remember well, has been living for quite a few years in the United States and raising a family there. Dawn if you are reading this, your ex-colleague James Harrison would like to get in touch. You could reach James via Yours Truly:

Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk



Earlier today Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech on the UK’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union. The speech glossed over the fact that more than 48 per cent of voters in the EU referendum had actually voted to Remain.

Around here many who voted Leave did so out of ignorance and spite. To take an extreme example, I spoke to a chap in Wellington Market, Rhyl, who said he had voted Leave because he didn’t like the ‘bedroom tax’.

Mrs. May and her advisers have somehow interpreted the referendum result as yearning by voters for a more global and internationalist Britain. Dear me, the racist and xenophobic comments by Leavites indicated exactly the opposite.

Mrs. May’s government wants have its cake and eat it, for instance by leaving the EU single market while continuing to trade with it on a tariff-free basis. I don’t know why other EU member states should agree to that.

Losing access to the single market would hit Wales especially hard. As Plaid Cymru pointed out in a recent bulletin: We have the highest proportion of exports going to the EU of any UK nation.

Jill Evans MEP and Plaid Cymru's other representatives are battling to defend our interests.


Sunday, 15 January 2017


On Tuesday 3rd January I posted eight Rhyl questions to get your brainbox working after the Christmas/New Year break.

Question 1 was about a photo of the trough/fountain on the promenade. The question: What is hidden behind the red dots?
The answer: 1963.
Here is the photo without dots. The inscription in full reads: "Presented by Mrs William Jenkins Birmingham 1963."

Trough fountain

Question 2 was based on a 1950 photo of Rhyl councillors and staff.
The question: What is the occasion?
The answer:Routine visit to/inspection of Rhyl Waterworks.
Many familiar faces here. Easily discernible sitting in front row, 2nd from left with hat on knees, is Coun P.T. Trehearn. In the first row of standing figures, 3rd from right is Coun Glyn Vaughan.


Question 3 concerned a recent shot showing part of a block of flats.
The question: What is the English name of the building?
The answer: New Horizon.
The block is usually known by its Welsh name Gorwel Newydd.; it is on corner of West Parade and Butterton Road.

Question 4. In this image of a religious gathering, what was the nearest theatre?
Religious gathering

The answer: Rhyl Pavilion.
The clue in the far background is the white statue of an unknown soldier in Boer War campaign dress, facing the sea.

In its two subsequent positions along the prom the statue has faced the opposite way. Incidentally, the designer/sculptor was Herbert Chatham who created the Boer War figure which stands in the shopping centre at Winsford, Cheshire.

Question 5. Here is a flyer for Celebrity's night club. In what hotel was Celebrity's?

Marina Hotel, Celebrity's

The answer: Marina Hotel
I have a note saying that the hotel was closed following a police raid in 2012. Not long afterwards the hotel was converted to flats (Marina Apartments).

Question 6. Below: pomp and ceremony draws a crowd. Where were they standing?

The answer: Rhyl Railway Station.
The event is  visit by The Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850–1942), third son of Queen Victoria.
At first glance I though that would be the far left of the station building but a photo I took a few days ago says no - it doesn't match:

Maybe the far left part is an extension built later on, or perhaps the old photo was taken inside the station (crowd being on opposite platform). Hmmmm.

Question 7. This building's name is hidden by a cluster of black dots. What is it?
The answer: Rhyl Bowling Club.
The building is in Seabank Road. Here is the picture without dots:

Seabank Road

Question 8. The following roofs (rooves if you like) are where?

The answer: Marine Holiday Park aka Marine Caravan Park,
The business is located in Cefndy Road opposite Rhyl College and is owned by Hoseasons.

So, how many did you get right out of eight?
Six or more = splendid.
Four or five = OK.
Less than four = Go and stand in the corner!

The following Celebrity's disc jockeys are added here for indexing purposes:
DJ Welly, Pleasuredome Farnworth / DJ Stubby, Mix Factory / Sequins, Blackpool / Banshee, Manchester / M.C. Sack, Legendary 2ForJoy Revenge / DJ Rodge The Dodge & Co, London.


Sunday, 8 January 2017


1912, Rhyl

Blessed are the peace makers and not the war makers. The image above captioned Denbighshire T.Y. RHYL 1912 "Church Parade" looks like something to do with Salvation Army. The abbreviation T.Y. may stand for Territorial Youth.
Click on any image to see a bigger version.

The Rhyl district, a comparatively safe place, has been ideal for military training camps as well. Here is a picture captioned The Lancashire Hussars Camp at Rhyl 1909:

1909, Rhyl

The following is Western Signal Camp, Royal Engineers Camp at RHYL 1913 (the year before The Great War aka World War 1 began):

1913, Rhyl

Below: Taking a break at Denbighshire Hussars Camp Rhyl 1914.

World War 1

Recently the next item was for sale on Internet, hence the seller's logo. The accompanying description said DRUM MAJOR PALMER 1st RHONDDA BATT WELSH REGIMENT BAND POSE RHYL 1914:

World War 1

The letters R.B.B. above must stand for Rhondda Battalion Band. I wonder why soldiers from South Wales were up here.

The next was taken at Kinmel Park Camp in Bodelwyddan in 1916 by which time the war was half over. It is in the form of a postcard addressed to John Evans Esq of Kensington, Liverpool. 

1916, World War 1

The postcard bears the following message on the reverse: "Waiting for a word from you. I have blood poison in my right hand & be home very soon. Your friend, Dick."

The card below reflects the toxic combination of patriotism and emotional blackmail that led an estimated 744,000 young Britons to their deaths in that dreadful conflict.

For more statistics about the extent of casualties see Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualties

Recommended film: Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) directed by Richard Attenborough, from an epic stage musical created by Joan Littlewood's ensemble at Stratford, London, in 1963.

Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk


Tuesday, 3 January 2017


Here are eight Rhyl questions - not too difficult I hope - to help put your brain back in working order after the Christmas break.

1. In this photo of the trough/fountain on the promenade, what is hidden behind the red dots?

2. In this 1950 photo of Rhyl councillors and staff, what is the occasion?

3. This recent shot shows part of a block of flats. What is the English name of the building?

4. In this image of a religious gathering, what was the nearest theatre?

5. Here is a flyer for Celebrity's night club. In what hotel was Celebrity's?

6. Below: pomp and ceremony draws a crowd. Where were they standing?

7. This building's name is hidden by a cluster of black dots. What is it?

8. The following roofs (rooves if you like) are where?

Those are the questions. No need to send me an email - just check your answers against mine to be published in this blog on Sunday 15th January 2017 around 12 noon.


It was a quiet enough Christmas and New Year here at Jones Towers. No doubt there was traditional rowdyism, drunkenness and brawling elsewhere in Rhyl.
Daily Post has published North Wales Police statistics regarding alcohol-fuelled violence outside licensed premises during a three-year period up to March last year.
These included Rhyl venues: Ellis' Vaults, Water Street (37 violent incidents); The Barrel, Water Street (22); The Bodfor, Bodfor Street (17).
Surely these places should not be allowed to renew their licences and carry on in business unless they make serious efforts to attract a more civilised clientele.
Read complete story in Daily Post:


Thursday, 8 December 2016


Elwy Street, snow

The above image of Elwy Street, Rhyl, under 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.

1919, World War 1

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


During the course of 2016 quite a few old posts were updated. To see the updates please click here:

Don't forget my YouTube channel featuring Rhyl videos and slideshows. The channel is named RhylTime. Click here to see RhylTime's Top Ten:

Only YouTube items labelled RhylTime are mine.

Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk


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.