Thursday, 28 January 2010

FRIENDSHIP CLUB


Rhyl OAP Friendship Club, a social club for elderly persons, was founded 1952 in upstairs premises at 72 Queen Street. The building was owned by Alderman P.T. (Phil) Trehearn JP who became the club’s life-president. The photograph above (TOP) shows the entertainments room, which had a piano for informal sing-songs and for use by the club’s choir.

The lower photo suffers from exposure problems, nevertheless it shows club members fundraising for money to buy the premises. Mr. Trehearn is front left with dog. The gent with glasses and trilby is his friend Mr. Frank Hadley (of Hadleys Typewriter Co., 9 Bodfor Street) the club’s Honorary Secretary.

In 1962 the club became owner of the entire building which included flats and shops.

In the television age pensioners became more indoorsy, so numbers at the club began to ebb away. It continued to operate until end of the 1990s.
At present in the upstairs premises you would find Kareem's - The Restaurant, tel (01745) 336222, winners of Welsh Curry House of the Year award 2009.

My thanks to P.T.'s grandson Peter Trehearn for most of this information.

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