Monday, 24 May 2010


Ann Hayes of Ruthin, who on one memorable occasion fought me on eBay for a postcard of Rhyl donkeys, has been contributing items to this site for ten or twelve months.

During the course of email correspondence, Ann and I discovered that her father Les Hayes and my father Len Jones were colleagues from 1930s onwards on MANWEB (Merseyside and North Wales Electricity Board). Mr. Hayes passed away in 1995. My Dad soldiers on at the age of 94 refusing all help – he'll be a hard act to follow.

Of the Rhyl pictures above, the unidentified group at the top looks austere enough to be a Sunday School class.

The Town Hall card is postmarked 1930 and shows the part of the building that used to be the public library, Carnegie Free Library, with trees outside; it is now a county council rent collection office with no trees. I see that the camera or print was tilted in the time-honoured way so as to make its clock tower look straight.

The photo of St. Anne’s Church, Vale Road, looks rather rural bearing in mind it shows the side that faces town, and the Foryd Harbour shot is by local photographer Rae Pickard whose work has become sought after by collectors.