Saturday, 4 April 2015


Last Sunday I posted the above and said: Here is a Rhyl scene photographed in March 2015 by Yours Truly.

The question: What is the name of the turning in which I was standing?

The answer: Lon Hafren.
(The o has a roof over it but you can’t type that. Lon Hafren is off Ffordd Elan, not far from a little group of businesses including dentists at Oasis Dental Care where I was delighted to find a notice on the door saying Open Wide.)

That’s a win for Jane Shuttle, The Great Gareth, Sue Handley and for Richard & Ceri Swinney.
In addition there were a couple of wrong answers. Doesn’t matter, it’s only a bit of fun. Keep trying!



Sorry to read that Aubrey Phillips passed away on March 11th at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. I first met him in the very early 1960s when he was my school bus driver. Aubrey ran a fleet of rickety coaches from the car park next to his Riverside CafĂ© in Rhuddlan.

Aubrey was an impresario who loved to put on shows. His pantomimes were funny and often produced on a shoestring; they had to be seen to be believed. I was in one of them up in Gateshead with veteran comedian Sandy Powell. My life in showbiz is a story waiting to be told.

Aubrey was a good on-stage performer with a clear, booming voice, and he was a great audience. If Aubrey heard something that amused him, he would let out a sudden, single hoot of a laugh, loud enough to echo round any auditorium.

I remember visiting him in the late 1990s when he was running Rhyl's Coliseum Theatre on the prom. It was a warm day and there were drunks sitting outside with their backs against the theatre wall.

Aubrey didn’t shout and curse at them, he took a hosepipe and started washing everything down in a choreographed way like a piece of on-stage business, inching ever nearer to them until they got up and walked away. ‘Never fails,’ he chuckled.

Goodbye Aubrey old chap, we never really had a stage big enough for you.

MON 10th DEC 2018 UPDATE: Memorabilia from Aubrey Phillips' days as lessee of the Gaiety Theatre, Rhyl (formerly Pier Amphitheatre where Billie Manders' Quaintesques held forth for decades):


Dates of posters (top to bottom):
1975; 1976; 1981; 1984.

Among names on the posters:
Philip Bernard, Dave Peters comedian, Vivien Day, Paul Sheppard, The Gaiety Girls, Bill Williams, Colin Beach, Michael Swann and his Music, John Yates, Jim(my) Darbyshire, Joe Holroyd, Aubrey Phillips.
Johnny Dallas.
Syd Jackson and Dick Collins, Michael Fraser, Alex Ward, Debbie Young,Stewart Suthurst, Mark Smee musical director.
Shep's Banjo Boys, Foo Foo Lammar, Steve King as Al Jolson, Jim Bowen of TV's Bullseye.

Some other refs:
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe one day pantomime, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs pantomime, Wrestling.