Thursday, 12 February 2009

BASKET CHAIRS

THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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Shown above are basket chairs that first appeared on Rhyl sands in the 1910s. They were heavy, high-seated, hoodbacked chairs which offered shelter on three sides. You could face away from the wind and stand a chance of reading your newspaper without the pages blowing away and eat a sandwich without getting it covered with sand.

You will see that the figures in the picture are fully dressed; it was regarded as most improper for adults or children to disrobe in public in those days. Not so forty years later when Yours Truly as a small boy dragged the chairs around and tried to topple them over. A favourite trick was to put two basket chairs face-to-face and sit inside as if hiding in a shell.

The chairs were carted away by council workers at the end of the day and were back early next morning as if brought by the tooth fairy.

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