Sunday, 6 March 2016


Last Sunday I posted a distorted image from a 1960s photo of a Rhyl building. The question: What is the name of the building?
The answer: Plastirion Hotel.
Here is the original image in full:

In Edwardian times in Rhyl we had Olympian Gardens.
The question: Where? East Parade, West Parade, High Street, Wellington Rd or Vale Rd?
The answer: East Parade.
Olympian Gardens was a light entertainment venue like a small theatre. The blurry little photo below is not up to standard, but if you click on it you might be able to see the name Olympian Gardens above a doorway.

This is the part of East Parade between High Street and Church Street. To your right of the Olympian Gardens entrance is the HQ of Rhyl & Potteries Motor Coaches which became – within living memory – Brookes’ Garage.

Circumstantial evidence points to the theatre's performance area being a room above the garage and/or a large tent on the roof.

Scoring  1 win for Plastirion Hotel (nobody got Olympian Gardens!): Dilys Bagnall 1, Jane Shuttle 1, Sue Handley 1 and The Great Gareth 1.

Thanks to Gareth and Bill Ellis for comments.