Sunday, 12 June 2016


Last week's questions were based on 1960s snapshots of Ocean Beach Fun Fair, Rhyl. In the above there is a white rollercoaster-type structure with its name obliterated. The question: What is the missing name?
The answer: Cyclone.

The Cyclone was manufactured by Pinfari of Italy, as was the rollercoaster that arrived later named the Jetstream.

Also posted were two shots of a ride that was often accompanied by music. The question: What is the name of the ride? [A word or phrase beginning with G or B.]

The answer: Gallopers or Bobby Horses.
As well as going round they bobbed up and down.

In the following scene I superimposed a big black dot. The question: What is the name of the first ride below the dot?

The answer: Rotor.
The late Eric Hughes, Manager of the fairground, says in his book 'Rhyl at the Fun Fair', "In the Rotor, customers entered a large drum through a door on a low level platform. The floor was raised, the drum rotated at high speed, then the floor was lowered leaving passengers sticking to the wall. As the speed of the drum decreased the passengers slid down to the floor. There were two viewing platforms above the drum, more people paid to view than to ride. Brave hearts could ride free of charge after viewing."

Scoring 1 win for getting two out of three correct answers: The Great Gareth 1, Jane Shuttle 1.

SAT 27th MAY 2017 UPDATE: The following is not the Rotor at Ocean Beach but a similar contraption elsewhere, called the Gravitron.

Rotor Rhyl fun fair


Here is something you don't see every day - a 1948 share certificate in The Rhyl Conservative Club Ltd (formerly Rhyl Constitutional Club Ltd).
Click on the image to see a bigger version.

Mr F. Baker of Highfield Park, Rhyl, is buying 5 shares at one shilling each. The Secretary's signature looks like Tudor Owen, and one of the directors' signatures is R. Edwards.