Thursday, 30 July 2015

THAT WAS THEN


This shot of Rhyl Pavilion taken in 1964 captures the flavour of the paddling pool on its west side. The paddling pool outlived the Pavilion and sometimes drew a bigger crowd anyway.

Unlike the present paddling pool in Drift Park the one above had no admission charge, it was open every summer day, and anybody could enjoy the sight of kiddies having fun kicking about in the water without being thought of as a pervert.

We live in sad times.

Sex abuse scandals involving children (once believed to be exclusively a Catholic Church issue) have been brought to light in such a wide variety of settings that the overall extent of the problem has been revealed as enormous.

The age of innocence that produced the card below seems long ago. Those of us who can remember that far back can be forgiven for feeling

a touch of nostalgia.


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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

PAIRING AGAIN


This is another post that pulls together pairs of pictures not previously published in this blog. Firstly two dramatic shots of building the present Foryd Bridge which opened in 1932 (pictures from Rhyl History Club):



Next are a couple of photos of HMS Rhyl. The one on your left is 1960s and the other is probably 1970s:


The following are World War 1 and World War 2 memorial plaques near the altar in Christ Church, Water Street, Rhyl: 


The symbol that looked to this ignoramus like a dollar sign is an amalgam of I, H and S meaning ‘In His Service’. The photos are by Fred Burns.

Click on any image to see a bigger version.

Now, here are two adverts - the front and back covers of a Pavilion circus programme which is said to be from 1954:


A connection between the two shows advertised above is that they were both staged by Captain A. Prince-Cox, F.R.M.S. (This is an acronym of which I can make no sense in a showbiz context. Perhaps a reader will enlighten us on this point.)

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Above is a colour postcard from my own collection showing the Sun Centre (opened June 1980) as it looked before the new Pavilion Theatre was built at its side.

Below is a Daily Post photo of the new Pavilion Theatre being built; it opened in September 1991.


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

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Monday, 27 July 2015

MOVING ON


IN the Labour Party leadership contest, Yvette Cooper is wife of former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls who was quite rightly thrown out by the electorate in the last General Election.

Liz Kendall? No I could never take seriously anybody who likes rap music.

Andy Burnham looks too much of a suit, too ‘New Labour’ for my liking.

By comparison Jeremy Corbyn (pictured above) seems ‘Old Labour’, an unapologetic left-winger who opposed Britain’s involvement in the disastrous Iraq War.

Our special relationship with the USA is more trouble than it is worth. The
United States government yearns for control of the world’s oil and gas supplies - hence its military interference in Arab countries, universal spying and tiresome cold war against Russia.

The greed of the United States is a threat to world peace and stability. Jeremy Corbyn may understand that, but the other candidates probably do not. His chances of winning are remote but I'm glad he is there.

Whoever becomes leader, there may not be another Labour government. Labour’s philosophy of high tax and high spend and their obsession with public services sound all wrong in the 21st century.

I believe Labour Party dominance is harming Wales and damaging Rhyl. We need to dump the Party and move on.

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Last Wednesday at Rhyl Town Hall the Welsh Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones (Labour) appeared at a public meeting.

During a question and answer session Mr. Jones was taken to task about a ‘North-South Divide’ whereby South Wales gets the lion’s share of resources.

Wales, like England, is bottom heavy. The bulk of the population is in the Southeast and so a lot of Welsh Government expenditure is there.

One thing that might benefit North Wales is a new direct railway link to South Wales. That would boost the economy here in the North and bring us better access to jobs in the South.

This has been talked about for years but we seem no nearer to it. So why are waiting?

All together now: Oh why are we waiting / Why-ay are we wai-ting / Oh why are we wai-ay-ting / Oh why why why.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

QUIZ QUESTION # 102


Above are two Rhyl photos taken in recent times by Yours Truly.
The question: What else have the two photos got in common?
The correct answer to this question would score one win.

Click on any image to see a bigger version.

Below is a postcard showing a view from the eastern prom looking westwards.
The question: What would be the nearest date: 1940 or 1950?
The correct answer to this question would score one win.


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Have a go at one or both of these questions - it's just a bit of fun!

You have until the end of Saturday 1st August 2015 to send your entry.
Second tries not accepted.
The result will be published on Sunday 2nd August 2015 around Midday.


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


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QUIZ ANSWER # 101


Last Sunday I posted the following picture of an old Rhyl badge. 
The question: What do the initials D.M.W.H.C. stand for?


The answer: Derbyshire Miners Welfare Holiday Centre.
Very minor variations of that wording were allowable. The camp operated in the 1960s and '70s in Marsh Road:


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Also I posted the following wall signs of former shops.
The question: In what roads or streets would you find the signs?


The answer: Bodfor Street and Grange Road.


The Bodfor Street shop (above) is the former F. Knowles' at No.32. The Grange Road shop is the former Victoria Wine, more recently the Late Night Shop, at No.12:


With a set of correct answers (one about the initials, and two place names) are: Jane Shuttle, The Great Gareth, Sue Handley and Dorothy Jones.

In this season of the quiz The Great Gareth leads with 29 wins, Richard & Ceri Swinney have 26, Jane Shuttle has 26 and Sue Handley 20.
Dorothy Jones and Dilys Bagnall are in double figures, and there are three more scorers so far!

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The Derbyshire Miners photos and many other Rhyl pix are for sale on the Francis Frith website:
http://www.francisfrith.com/uk/rhyl/photos

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Saturday, 25 July 2015

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Why isn't Rhyl Life on Facebook?
Being an independent site makes Rhyl Life easier to operate and easier to preserve.

Does preservation by National Library mean that somebody else would eventually take over Rhyl Life to continue it?
No, new posts on this site will stop when I do.

Why aren't readers able to put comments or upload pictures directly?
This way nothing irrelevant or offensive can get through. Readers can and do send comments and pictures by email.

Why are the videos on a separate site?
Videos go on the YouTube channel RhylTime because they are big files. Free blog sites such as Rhyl Life have limited space.

Even without videos there may come a time when Rhyl Life has used up its allocated space. Then some old posts may be deleted or merged to make more room.

Do this site's viewing statistics include the author's visits?
Nope, they have never included my own visits. The total number of pageviews by today at 11 a.m. was 289,250.


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

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

RHYL MAN IN HAWARDEN


Last week I accompanied my pal Janine Rees-Denman to Flintshire Record Office at Hawarden (Welsh: Penarl√Ęg) where we deposited files belonging to her late father Glyn Rees who studied Rhyl history.

Pictured below with Janny is Flintshire’s Head Archivist Steven Davies, and on the table are some of Glyn’s files.


The documents inside the files are mainly photocopies of items from old Rhyl newspapers, every one meticulously inscribed on the back in pencil with the name of newspaper and publication date. 

Many files relate to entertainment: local theatre shows, exhibitions, public competitions such as beauty contests, and valuable information about early performers such as minstrels and pierrots.

There is a file about accidents at sea, and another about accidental deaths and crimes. One file is dedicated to a notorious serial offender John Jones known as Jack y Bala.

Other files reflect the development of Rhyl in all sorts of ways. Plus there is a special set of files about a house named Dyffryn Aled in Llansannan and the Meyrick family who lived there. 

     
We had a lovely afternoon in Hawarden village – a place dripping with history – and it’s nice to know that Glyn’s collection rests where the public can see and enjoy it.

My best wishes to Janny, and to her husband Gareth who is not too well

at present, and to her sister Lynne In Scotland.

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To the world I can report that, in Hawarden near Flintshire Record Office, the Gladstone Memorial Fountain still stands:



Even the village post office has a touch of history with its red phone box shown in this 2011 shot attributed to a photographer known mysteriously as Rept0n1x:


Here are a couple of Hawarden golden oldies to round off this post: a card of the village postmarked 1905, and a cigarette card of the castle from before we understood that having a smoking habit was a bad idea.


Click on any image to see a bigger version.
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Colin Jones / email: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

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