Thursday, 22 September 2016


Bill Ellis’ collection of material relating to Billie Manders & Quaintesques continues to grow. This was a concert party that entertained at the Pier Amphitheatre, Rhyl, in summer seasons from 1921 to 1963.

Among Bill’s memorabilia is a book presented to Mr. Manders in 1942 by The Rhyl Hebrew Congregation in appreciation of letting them use the Amphitheatre for Yom Kippur Services. Here is the title of the book and the presentation page:


The President is H. Huglin; the Honorary Secretary is J.H. Lysman.

From my own resources comes the following blurry picture taken in 1951 showing a meeting room of the Congregation, location unknown. The pic is followed by a detail showing some names:

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The names are Solomon Rifkin, Gabriel Alis, Marie Alis, M. Cohen, Gedaliah Fox, Aaron Adolph, Morris Sugarman, Ada Sugarman, Lewis Lipman, Hannah Leah Lipman, William Jachcel, Regine Jachcel.

Mr. Manders' wife had the maiden name Fox - so it could be that they were Jewish - a thought that had never occurred previously to me or Bill Ellis.

Apart from references to J.H. Lipman The Wire King and Sir Anthony Meyer MP there has been no mention of Rhyl's Jewish connections. Further information would be welcome.

Info about other ethnic groups in Rhyl would be welcome too.

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SUN 25th SEP 2016 UPDATE: Gareth Morris remembers seeing the Star Of David symbol and Hebrew lettering on a first floor window in Queen Street as if a synagogue were there. The location was in or near No. 34 which is now The Happy Buddha restaurant.