Tuesday, 23 August 2016


This photo was taken on a rainy day last week by Yours Truly to show the location of Barclays Bank at 68-70 High Street, Rhyl (the 68 part is next to High Street News).

In days of yore at No. 68 was Sidney G. Talbot, General Draper, retailer of dress materials for nimble-fingered ladies, and agent for Butterick dress patterns. Talbot's giveaway leaflet Butterick Fashion News dated August 1940 has just come to hand and here it is in full:

Click on any page to see a bigger version.

Now, three quarters of a century later, how many in Rhyl district would relish the hard work of making their own clothes? These 1940 styles are nice and elegant in a quiet way; I remember seeing variations of them well into the 1950s.

I would prefer to look at the rounded shoulders and shorter skirts of the 1920s and especially 1960s, but male opinion is irrelevant in this matter. Women don't dress for men, they dress to impress other women!

WED 24th AUG 2016 UPDATE: Ann Hayes of Ruthin writes, I remember going to Talbot’s with my Mum in the 1950s. Her good friend 'Aunty' Rita worked there and I've a vivid memory of her standing behind the counter in a long darkish shop.
Rita and her husband Dixie Williams lived on Vale Road just at the junction with Brynhyfryd Avenue. Dixie worked for MANWEB as a meter reader and Mum said he died of a heart attack during an accident at work. Rita died some years ago.
The couple had no children and were very kind to my sisters and I as little girls and always had sweets ready for us when we visited their home. Here is a picture of Rita and Dixie:

By the way, sewing is now the new baking and is becoming more and more popular - hence the proliferation of new sewing magazines in the crafts section of W H Smiths!
I'm sure if Talbots were still there they would be experiencing an influx of new customers of the younger generation!


Sunday, 21 August 2016


Saturday and Sunday, 27th and 28th August



Above is a photo taken earlier this year with place names blanked out.
The question: What are the two missing names?
The correct answer would score 1 win.

Below is part of a card postmarked 1917 showing a village less than 10 miles from Rhyl.
The question: What is the name of the village?
The correct answer would score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 27th August 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

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



Last Sunday I posted the above, part of a Rhyl photograph taken a few days before by Yours Truly. The question: Where was I standing?
The answer: on footbridge over railway in Westbourne Avenue.
Here is the wider view:

In Victorian times this was the location of a (possibly manned) railway crossing from Westbourne Avenue to Marsh Road. It was known as the Pen y Braich crossing, the reason being that Pen y Braich was the former name of Westbourne Ave.


Also posted was the following card typical of its era. The question: Was the picture taken before or after 1930?

The answer: Before 1930.

The era is between the wars (1920s and 1930s). The basket chairs were there in both decades and I might have guessed "After 1930".
But the postmark tells a different story. It would pencil-in as 7 SEP 28 therefore the picture could not have been taken after 1930:

In the pic itself there are no helpful clues to the date, so it was a good for a guessing game. What a tease I am.


Players needed both answers correct to score 1 win. All of them got the right bridge but the wrong side of 1930. No winners this week!


I have been trying to contact Rhyl resident Jim Taylor the artist/musician. Jim if you are reading this, please email your phone number to:


Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Old paddling pix reflect innocence, charm and the enduring fun of looking at your feet under water - what will you step on next! These three have not appeared before in Rhyl Life:

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The one in the middle is circa 1910. The lifeboat pic is a 1923 shot by Rhyl photographer Rae Pickard.



The photo below taken recently by Yours Truly shows the spattered state of the derelict post office in Water Street. Pity the cabbies in the rank opposite who have to look the mess every working day. Owners of private property  which this is  owe it to the community to keep their premises looking clean and tidy.

Birds are being encouraged by cafes, pubs and restaurants that provide outdoor seating for customers, and by take-aways. These businesses (and their permission-givers) fuel the problem. The solution is not killing birds, who have as much right to be here as we do, but educating people to do their eating indoors.

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

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Only the videos marked RhylTime are mine!


Sunday, 14 August 2016


Above is a part of a Rhyl photograph taken a few days ago by Yours Truly.
The question: Where was I standing?

Below is a picture postcard typical of its era.
The question: Was the picture taken before or after 1930?
You have a 50/50 chance of being right!

You need both answers correct to score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 20th August 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

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



Last Sunday I posted the above picture of early-1920s-looking punters waiting for a trip to start from the booking office of White Rose Motor Tours, Rhyl. The question: On corner of what two roads/streets is the booking office?

The answer: West Parade and Water Street.
It is the corner where Les Harker's Monte Carlo arcade is now, photographed last week by Yours Truly:


Also I posted a photo taken earlier this year with a place name blanked out. The question: What is the missing name?
The answer: Buckley Avenue.
Here is the photo with the name restored:

Scoring 1 win for each correct answer:
Dilys Bagnall 1, Jane Shuttle 2, Sue Handley 2, The Great Gareth 1, Richard & Ceri Swinney 1. 



Recent hi-tech flood defence work in the west end involved widening the promenade and then covering the new space with good old-fashioned grass. The result is that Rhyl is a safer and greener place, although no doubt plenty of people will find fault with it.

This scheme, like virtually all major schemes around here for decades, was made possible by European Union grant aid. It has long been policy of the EU to channel resources from the richer parts of Europe to poorer parts such as Wales.

Don't run away with the idea that, It's our money anyway. Wales is a net gainer from UK's membership of the EU.