Sunday, 31 January 2010

REMEMBRANCE # 1

At the top is a postcard c.1950 of the Garden of Remembrance on the eastern stretch of the promenade.

The Garden opened in 1948 as a home for the war memorial which had been in other locations on the prom. In recent years a black wooden sign at the entrance to the Garden has been replaced by the metal version shown above, which retains an original misspelling: Rememberance.

The gates have been replaced; the present ones were donated by the Rhyl Hotel and Guest House Association which was founded in 1916 and gave up the ghost in 2002.

Listed on the cenotaph beneath a statue of a soldier are names of people from Rhyl district who died in the Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902), World War 1 and 2, and more recent military conflicts. The Garden is not well signposted; I have a Rhyl street map published by Denbighshire County Council in 2002 on which it does not appear at all.

Not long ago the county council leased the site to Rhyl Town Council who gave it a face-lift and reopened it in August 2008.

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MON 5th DEC 2016 UPDATE: This undated postcard of the Garden of Remembrance is new to this blog. 

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