Friday, 24 June 2016


As a committed European I feel disappointed that yesterday a majority of the electorate voted to leave the European Union.

The EU is the most interesting political and social experiment of our time. It is an icon of peace and prosperity in what had been historically a troubled continent.

David Cameron PM called the referendum so as to settle arguments within the Tory Party. Probably he never thought it could backfire like this.

In what was generally an unnecessary referendum, Wales has gone and shot itself in the foot by voting to leave.

The Welsh Government does not wish us to leave, and nor does the Westminster Government or a majority of MPs.

Northern Ireland and Scotland do not wish to leave. The consequences of trying to drag those two regions out of the EU could be fatal for the UK.

The aftermath of this result will take a lot of sorting out.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Roger Jones of Dyserth, an ex-Rhylite from Arfon Grove and South Avenue, has sent these photographs of 1961-62 sports teams at the Catholic primary school Ysgol Mair in St. Margaret's Drive, Rhyl.

In the soccer team above, the footballers are . . . 
Floor: Graham Black (left) and David Nevitt.
Front row (Left to Right): Michael Bewick, Timothy Kingston, Stephen Manfredi, Roger Jones himself and Don’t know.
Back row (L to R): Don’t know, Don’t know, Kevin Walton, Don’t know, Don’t know and (Robert Dennis?)

The adult common to both photographs is the headmaster Fred Jemmett. The other adult is Harry Richards(Sports Master).

Click on any photo to see a bigger version.

The cricketers are . . .
Front row (Left to Right): John Bebbington, Graham Black, Timothy Kingston, Roger Jones in person, Stephen Manfredi and (Robert Dennis?)
Back Row (L-R): John Furneaux, Martin Dowling, Michael Bewick, (Peter Marshall?), Malcolm Dunn and Philip Furneaux.

[Come on, Ysgol Mair girls, let's be having your pix! - Ed.]

For good measure Roger Jones also sent the old black-and-white image below left, showing Alpha Villa in Elwy Street. He says,
"In the 1911 census the house is occupied by Joseph Denton Davies, brother of Thomas Davies, a partner in Rhydwen Jones & Davies the furnishers. My paternal grandparents, originally from Ruthin, lived there from late 1930s until the house passed out of family possession in 1973 following the death of their daughter, my Aunt."

The house is next door to your left of the dentists, and is now plain No.9 Elwy Street as in the colour photo taken a couple of days ago by Yours Truly. "I can well remember visiting Charles Hubbard the dentist next door," says Roger.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016


Above is a  picture from Rhuddlan Borough Council days, showing a land train at Marine Lake. On the side and front of the land train is its name; your crafty blogger has covered one word with black dots. 

The question: What is the missing word?

Below is a vintage photo by Rhyl photographer Rae Pickard, showing a corner of Marine Lake.

The question: What corner is it - North East, North West, South East or South West?

This week you need correct answers to both questions to score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 25th June 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

Colin Jones / email:



Last Sunday I posted the above Rhyl streets photographed this year. Each has a place name blanked out.

The question: What are the missing names?
The answer: Bryntirion Avenue (TOP) and Victoria Avenue.
The Bryntirion pic is by Yours Truly; the Victoria is by Fred Burns.

Also I posted a couple of old photos NOT taken in Rhyl. The question: Where were they taken?

The answer: Llandudno and Dyserth.
Here are the images in full:

Above is the Llandudno picture: Open-top tram No.22 on the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway which operated between Llandudno and Rhos-on-Sea from 1907 and extended to Colwyn Bay in 1908. The service closed in 1956.
(There was a plan for a Rhyl to Prestatyn tramway that never materialised. You could fill a book with the things Rhyl nearly had.)

Below is the Dyserth picture with its caption restored. I am almost certain this would be pre-WW2: 

Scoring 1 win for the pair of Rhyl streets and/or 1 win for the Llandudno & Dyserth pictures:
Dilys Bagnall 2, The Great Gareth 2, Jane Shuttle 2, Sue Handley 1.
(Sue sent in her answer while holidaying on the Isle of Bute. I call that dedication!)



A post on Thursday 19th May 2016 titled 'Return To Val's' included an advertising card for Grosvenor Saddlery Works and I wondered where that was. The following advert from circa 1905 provides the answer: It was at 7 Kinmel Street and the business belonged to R.E. Owens:


Thursday, 16 June 2016


Multiviews are postcards featuring more than one picture - ideal to send home when on holiday. The example above was produced with a large amount of artistic licence and has artificial moons all over the place. It was posted in 1956.

Click on any card to see a bigger version.

The first card above with sad-looking dog, was posted in 1954.The red card looks to be circa 1960s. The one below, which includes Gwrych Castle, was posted in 1962:

Gwrych Castle, Rhuddlan Castle and Bridge, St. Asaph Cathedral, Bodelwyddan Marble Church and Dyserth Falls were and still are marketable attractions in the promoting of Rhyl.

The colourful multiview below can be accurately dated:

The prom scene top right includes the single-storey Coliseum where the show is 'Minstrels On Ice'. Bill Ellis, who collects Rhyl theatre programmes, says this was a Jack Billing production in 1968. Bill doesn't know how they managed to stage an ice show there and neither do I. If asked I would have said it was impossible.

Here is a card with views of six places on the North Wales Coast. See if you can put names to the places. This is not a quiz question - just something to try for your own amusement!


Monday, 13 June 2016


Statistics watchers may like to know that last weekend the all-time number of pageviews of this blog passed the 350,000 mark. The stats this evening at 10 p.m. looked like this:

There are regular readers in many parts of the world. Last month's top ten countries were as follows:

My thanks to the many contributors who have made Rhyl Life an item of international interest.

New readers please note that the site has been selected for preservation by National Library of Wales for use by researchers in the future, so do get in touch if you can offer photos or other material relating to Rhyl past or present.

Colin Jones / email:


Sunday, 12 June 2016


Above are two Rhyl streets photographed this year. Each has a place name blanked out.
The question: What are the missing names?
The two correct answers would score 1 win.

Below are old photos that were NOT taken in Rhyl.
The question: Where were they taken?
The two correct answers would score 1 win.

You have until the end of Saturday 18th June 2016 to send your entry. The result will appear on this blog next day around noon.

Colin Jones / email: