Thursday, 10 December 2009

IN WATER STREET


The larger picture is from the collection of Gaynor Williams and was probably taken in the 1950s. It shows the shop F. Matthews, jeweller, silversmith and clock/watch repairer at 32-32a Water Street.

I wonder who the chaps in enlarged detail are. Does anybody know? Please send an email to: rhyl.colin.jones@live.co.uk

[The shop's main claim to fame according to Bill Ellis is that in 1964 he bought an engagement ring there - and he still has the receipt.]

Details on the far right of the larger picture indicate the shop is next door to the left of the present Citizen's Advice Bureau. For a long time this shop belonged to Orama Radio/TV sales operated by Paul & Christine Sumner who retired a couple of years ago.

Here is an Orama advert from 1973. Note the difference in the address. Water Street had been renumbered:

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WED 1st JUL 2015 UPDATE: Sad to note here that Paul Sumner passed away in August 2012 after a probable heart attack. This year I have seen Christine and can report she is bearing up reasonably well under the circumstances and continues to reside at their family home in St. Mary's Court, Rhyl.

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