Saturday, 18 April 2015



Rhyl Life and the YouTube channel RhylTime
both recommend
Dr. James Davies (Conservative).





Thinking of voting for UKIP? I would not be surprised if you are. In the current General Election campaign the downside of EU membership has been waved around like a big flag, whereas the upside has hardly been mentioned.

The poorer parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland, North of England, and Wales (including Rhyl) have benefitted from European investment. It is not “our money anyway”, it is money we would not have received from the Westminster government.

A vote for UKIP would be a vote for leaving the EU instead of sorting any difficulties from within, and that would be case of throwing out the baby with the bath water.

After the election a Tory-led government would renegotiate terms of EU membership and then put the new agreement to an in-out referendum of the public. That is a better way forward than the ways on offer from other political parties.


Thursday, 16 April 2015


Here is a photograph of Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru, Clwyd Street, Rhyl, taken this month by Yours Truly.

The following interior photos were taken last October by Dave Williams.
Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

ABOVE: The pews are of pitch pine and of the same length.
BELOW: World  War 1 memorial plaque.

Quite a few Rhylites never will have seen pictures of the interior before. Interesting batch, thanks Dave!

Colin Jones /


Monday, 13 April 2015


This card is a reproduction of a poster. The card was published, probably in the 1980s, by Clwyd County Council. Last year while this blog was hibernating, there was a proposal to bring a hovercraft service back to Rhyl.

In 1962 during the hovercoach trials I was 16 years old and remember seeing crowds on the prom watching over the sea wall. I don’t remember actually seeing the craft myself – would have been in too much of a hurry to get round the arcades and down to the fun fair.

At 16, it is uncool to stand in a crowd gawping at something. Right?

The trials lasted only a few weeks, and the hovercoach ran only between Rhyl and the Wirral. Now, more than half a century later, given Rhyl's reduced status in the tourism industry, it seems doubtful that such a short route would be viable.

In Victorian times, steam ships operated between Liverpool, Mostyn, Rhyl and Llandudno; they were owned by private companies that survived on their own profits. These days transport companies expect huge subsidies from public bodies and would want a lot of money up front.

Not surprisingly, talks about the current proposal have stalled on the funding issue.

Meanwhile, there is a website that would tell you more about the 1962 trials than you ever wanted to know:

And there is a relevant British Pathé newsreel item on YouTube:


Sunday, 12 April 2015


The above photograph was taken on 1st April this year by Yours Truly.
The question: Where was I standing?

The photo below was taken on 1st February this year by Yours Truly.
The question: What is the name of the town centre business underneath?


You need to get both questions right to score a win.

You have until the end of Saturday 18th April 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted!
The result will be published on Sunday 19th April 2015 around Midday.

Colin Jones/ email:



Last Sunday I posted a larger version of the above picture. [It is a snapshot by the late Glyn Rees.]

Near the roof of the white building, is the word ‘Restaurant’. The first part of the name is round the corner and is broken.
The question: What was the restaurant’s name (a nine-letter word)?

The answer: Esplanade.
The ADE part was visible until recently when the building was demolished to make way for a forthcoming hotel.
The Esplanade Restaurant was one of several upstairs cafés that offered a panoramic view of the seafront.

The winners: Dorothy Jones, Richard & Ceri Swinney, Dilys Bagnall, Sue Handley and Jane Shuttle.
Jane has edged into an overall lead with 7 wins.


Thursday, 9 April 2015


Here are photographs from Val Lovibond's album of Arcville College, Rhyl, dated April 1951. 

Above: Outside the school's front door are, left to right, in the back row: Mrs. Fletcher and Miss Pink; in the front row: Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Pearson the proprietor, and Mrs. Williams.

Below (upper picture): 11-year olds with Mrs. Williams. In the all-girls line of pupils standing, Val is sixth from the left.
In the mix are Michael Webber, Peter Fardoe, Heather Stamford, Chico Owen and Moira Jones.

Above (lower picture): Mrs. Williams' Maths Class. Note the serious looks.

Below (upper picture): Mrs. Fletcher's Art Class.
Below (lower picture): Mrs. Fletcher's Gymnastic Class with hanging boys.

The Arcville building, 87 Russell Road, is now Dolanog care home as shown below, photographed yesterday by Yours Truly. 

I would like to know how the school got the name Arcville. There is an Arcville Playgroup at Tynewydd Church, but I have never seen the name used anywhere outside Rhyl. 

Colin Jones /