Thursday, 30 June 2016


It is a while since we had a portrait of a Rhyl May Queen. Here is Gladys May Polkinghorne who was our May Queen in 1912 when King George V was monarch.

George V was of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha which during World War 1 changed name to House of Windsor to play down its German connections. The House of Windsor has continued to today, but I digress.

Getting back to Gladys May Polkinghorne, I remember seeing the name J.D. (Jay) Polkinghorne in the annual Rhyl tourist guides as the author or editor. I believe he was a journalist running the publicity side of things for Rhyl Urban District Council way back when.

Early May Queens were helped by knowing influential people and having in the family enough money to cover the cost of the regalia. It was not a poor girl's game.

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I note with sadness that John Povah, well known to the fishing and Lifeboat fraternity, died last Sunday in Rhyl, aged 80.
     I first met John in the year 1999 while I was planning to form a voluntary group named Rhyl Seafront Association. I went to his home and saw archives of photos he had taken himself over many years in the Foryd Harbour area.
     John was an interesting and amusing character and his reactions were sometimes unexpected.
     Years ago I asked him whether he thought that the forthcoming wind turbines would spoil the sea view. The old fisherman replied, “Who wants to see the sea? It’s bloody boring!”

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