Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Time we had something about tennis on this blog. Above (TOP) is a card titled ‘New tennis courts and bowling green Rhyl’ and postmarked 1925. Chances are that the picture was already a few years old, because the buildings at the shore end of the pier look like wooden structures and one would be the Pier Amphitheatre which was rebuilt in brick in early 1920s.

The other card is undated but would be from around the same time; the photo is by Rhyl photographer Rae Pickard. The seafront has been the chosen location for many sports way back to farm labourers wrestling and fishermen playing games on the sandhills before the town existed.


TUE 5th MAY 2015 UPDATE: This grubby card is postmarked 1925 and was sent to a Mrs. Hardman in Leigh, Lancashire, by Albert who writes, “Just a line to say we are enjoying ourselfs at Rhyl. The weather broke down this morning.” 
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SUN 14th OCT 2018 UPDATE: At last a decent view of the original wooden Amphitheatre. The image below shows WW1 soldiers parading on the central part of the prom, another picture postcard by Rae Pickard.

To your right of the Amphi are pay booths for the pier, one each side of the entrance. The pier was closed to the public at the time because it had been declared unsafe a couple of years earlier. It was closed for 17 years.

Rae Pickard

The caption reads 'Some Carmarthens and their mascot' and a note with the picture says '15th Battalion Welsh Regiment 1915 parade on Rhyl Esplanade with Regimental Goat'.

I do believe this is the first goat on Rhyl Life.