Sunday, 10 May 2009

RHYL PAVILION



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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Whichever way you looked at it, the original Rhyl Pavilion (1908-1974) was impressive; the dome when lit could be seen for miles across the sea. The sepia picture above (TOP) is card postmarked 1913 from an improbable-sounding F. Tickle in Rhyl to a Miss Moore in Rock Ferry, Birkenhead.

The black-and-white picture was taken during 1947-1961 when Prince’s International Circus played summer seasons at the Pavilion. At that time on the promenade walkway you would have seen, left to right: Coliseum Theatre (opposite Edward Henry Street), paddling pool, Pavilion and then the outdoor roller skating rink (opposite Water Street).

Rhyl was heartbroken when Rhyl Pavilion was demolished, but towns-people old enough to remember seeing shows there say it was a draughty old barn of a place with dreadful acoustics and the present Pavilion Theatre is far better.

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SAT 15th OCT 2016 UPDATE: In the black-and-white picture there is a poster for singer Jill Day which handily dates the pic. She appeared at the Pavilion in 1958.

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