Monday, 15 March 2010


This photograph was sent by Diana & Berwyn Jones. Diana says, “It was taken in late 1920s and shows my great-grandfather W.H. Roberts at his butcher’s stall in the market hall at back of Rhyl Town Hall.

“The family had traded there since the town hall and market hall opened in 1876, so it must have been quite a blow in December 1939 when Rhyl Urban District Council issued notice to quit. World War 2 had begun and the council needed space for a British Restaurant.”

Interesting picture, thanks Diana. British Restaurants were community canteens set up by the Government’s Ministry of Food to provide basic affordable nourishment for people whose rationing coupons had run out. They were operated on a non-profit making basis by local volunteers.