Friday, 19 June 2009

THE TOP HAT

Beach sands pierPromenade, clock tower
Here are a couple of postcards with an early 1960s flavour.

At that time Sunny Rhyl was beginning to fall. The Queens Ballroom and Queens Theatre had gone. In 1962 one of the High Street cinemas, the Regal, closed. In the same year the Billie Manders Quaintesques ended their record-breaking run of 42 consecutive summer seasons at the Pier Amphitheatre (later renamed Gaiety Theatre).

Business was ebbing away and the summer season had started to shrink. Fewer people were coming and they were staying a shorter time. In the mid 1960s when entrepreneurs such as Freddie Laker of Laker Airways started running cheap flights to the continent that, as they say, put the top hat on it.

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