Thursday, 30 July 2015



This shot of Rhyl Pavilion taken in 1964 captures the flavour of the paddling pool on its west side. The paddling pool outlived the Pavilion and sometimes drew a bigger crowd anyway.

Unlike the present paddling pool in Drift Park the one above had no admission charge, it was open every summer day, and anybody could enjoy the sight of kiddies having fun kicking about in the water without being thought of as a pervert.

We live in sad times.

Sex abuse scandals involving children (once believed to be exclusively a Catholic Church issue) have been brought to light in such a wide variety of settings that the overall extent of the problem has been revealed as enormous.

The age of innocence that produced the multiview postcard below seems long, long ago. Those of us who can remember that far back must be forgiven for feeling nostalgic.