Thursday, 21 January 2010


This shot of Colwyn Bay pier is from the 1960s and I recall seeing the Manchester group Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders there one Saturday night with a young lady from Llanddulas whose name escapes me – and so did she.

Colwyn Bay’s pier, originally named Victoria Pier like the one in Rhyl, is a Grade II listed structure and has been derelict for some time. It has been in need of repair for several decades. The pier is owned privately and is currently in receivership. This situation presents Conwy Council with a complex set of difficulties.

I’m sure the council would like the pier restored and put back into use but who would foot the bill? The future of the pier, ways and means of restoration, possible alternative uses, and related matters are to be discussed at a public meeting tomorrow evening, Friday 22nd January 2010, 6pm at Colwyn Bay Town Hall, Rhiw Road.

SUN 24th JAN 2010 UPDATE: In yesterday’s Daily Post, reporter David Powell said hundreds of residents turned up at the meeting. The pier could be bought via a trust obtaining grants, or maybe even out of Conwy council coffers, but what about maintenance costs? Aye, there’s the rub!

SAT 14th MAR 2015 UPDATE: In files belonging to the late Glyn Rees I found this Victorian image of Colwyn Bay pier and thought you might like to see it. Yes? No? Please yourselves. 


MON 6th JUL 2015 UPDATE: More of the same! The first image below is undated, and the following long shot is a card postmarked 1908:

Promenade, Pier

For more info about Colwyn Bay pier and update on the continuing saga please click here: