Sunday, 25 July 2010


The following photographs came from George Owen who says that they must date from World War 2. On the back are pencil notes indicating parts of the camp used by soldiers. J.W. Jones in his book Rhyl The Town And Its People notes that Prestatyn Holiday Camp was used as a training place for ‘The Pioneers.’ The Pioneer Corps was a fighting unit used for light engineering.

The top picture shows The Britannia Bar which became their Mess, the next shows chalets where they slept 3-per-chalet, and the final one shows The Ballroom where they had concerts and film shows.

Pioneer CorpsPioneer CorpsPioneer CorpsThe camp was new at the time, having only just been opened in 1939 by the railway company LMS in conjunction with Thomas Cook’s. Pontins took over in 1970s and closed it in mid 1980s. It lay derelict until the present housing estate was built on the site. The estate is named Tower Gardens after the camp’s famous Hamlyn Tower which is shown to good effect in the following card postmarked 1955:

SUN 20th SEP 2015 UPDATE: Found for sale on Internet: a Prestatyn Holiday Camp badge approx. 32mm in diameter, dated 1959: