Wednesday, 13 May 2015


From files of the late Glyn Rees, here are a couple of reminders of entertainment in days gone by. The first is a flyer and/or poster dated 11th August 1905. The venue Pier Pavilion, Rhyl, would have been the little place halfway along the pier, which had been called previously the Bijou Pavilion.

This group of performers named The Follies looks typical of the touring concert parties of the day - comedy, dance, and songs with plenty of audience participation – and sometimes a hard life. See J.B. Priestley’s novel The Good Companions or one of the films of the book.

The second item is this unexpected advert from Rhyl Leader newspaper dated 18th November 1939:

risque stage entertainment

I have managed to establish that the name above should read Antoinette et Ninon and that they worked for the same impresario as Rhyl-connected stage performer Mona Vivian about whom I have been reading lately.

That started me wondering whether Mona Vivian is the reason why we had a pub named the Mona Hotel. One thought leads to another . . . I used to have a life . . .

For more information about Mona Vivian please click on the following link:



Steve Kellie writes, “I have been looking at your Rhyl Life Blog and I wonder if you, or any of your readers, might know where this photo was taken. The year would be 1954. Definitely the Rhyl area (Rhyl, Prestatyn or Towyn).
Of the giraffe he adds, “Ignore the antennae - a child's addition.”

model giraffe

Over to you, dear readers . . .

Re: Queens Theatre, the following references are added here for indexing purposes: Nudes, sex, Folies Bergere, titillation.