THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
Ritz Ballroom stood on the Ocean Beach Fun Fair site facing the sea. It was a dance hall created in a part of the old Alhambra Restaurant. It was given the name Ritz Ballroom in 1955 and had a resident orchestra led by drummer Laurie Williams, then by drummer Ken Bailey and eventually by trumpeter Duke Gordon.
The pictures above have been captured from a DVD of an old home movie. That’s got to be Ben Hagin singing. Does anybody know the other faces? My email address is: email@example.com
Guest stars at the Ritz included Matt Monro, Helen Shapiro, Rolf Harris, The Springfields starring Dusty Springfield, John Barry Seven and The Beatles, as well as local bands The Javelins, Kon-Tiki Three, The Informers, Teena and the Knightbirds and others. The Ritz was destroyed by fire in 1968 - there is no trace of it now.