Sunday, 27 June 2010


EisteddfodThe 1953 snap above came to me from an international smuggler. The recently-crowned Queen Elizabeth II is passing through Rhuddlan on her way to Rhyl to look at the site of the forthcoming National Eisteddfod.

I was six years old and the family was living in High Street, Rhuddlan, near where the snap was taken. I was given a union flag and told to wave it.

Ann Hayes, an old friend of this blog, says, “I vaguely remember the Queen's visit. We lived on Rhuddlan Road, Rhyl, and her car drove past – I remember us all standing in the front garden. There was much excitement! Here are some scans from the Rhyl May Day programme of 1953. May Queen Ruth Hall’s mother (was Phyllis Lane) had been a May Queen in 1934.”

Click on any picture to see a bigger version and be able to read the small print:

These scans should please fans of old adverts. More please, Ann!

[These references are added here for indexing purposes: Queen Elizabeth II, Arthur Daltry, Mrs F C Anderson, Fred Henson, S Shepherd, Norman Smith, May Queen Ruth, Percy Thomas, May Queen Phyllis, Mivals, Brookes Milk.]