Saturday, 18 July 2009


This is the first in a batch of unusual Rhyl postcards sent by a new friend, Ann Hayes of Ruthin, who was a child living in Rhyl in 1950s.

Of this postcard Ann says, “It was published by J.B. Shepheard, 11 Queen Street. The number above the door is 12 and the 2BB (or 2RB) to the left seems to have been written in chalk! I'd love to know who these young men are. I think they look like workers and wondered if they were a ship's crew or something similar.”

Hmmmm. Well, if the chalk mark says 2RB we could be looking at a group of soldiers from the 2nd Royal Berkshire (2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment) billeted somewhere in Rhyl while training in the district during World War 1. Now I’ve said that, they may turn out to be railway porters. Any ideas anyone?