Sunday, 12 November 2017


Gaiety Theatre, Rhyl

In October last year I mentioned an A5-size booklet of fourteen arty black-and-white photos by Stephen Clarke titled 'Ocean Beach Rhyl' (published 2014) in a limited edition of 150.

Recently a companion volume turned up  the covers are shown above. ‘Rhyl Seafront’ (published 2015) is in same format and this too is limited edition of 150. Its fifteen images show parts of West Parade and the promenade.

Cover shot of Gaiety Theatre would be 1980s (it was demolished 1991). Presumably the other pictures are from the ‘80s as well. The text gives no clue as to the date or any other information because there is no text.

Clwyd Cream Ices' kiosk is featured and so is the Information Centre in a unit on the prom before it moved to Children’s Village. Also we have the arcades Stardust, Mint and Ronald Seldon's Sands; and Bumper Boats. The booklet is a time capsule.

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Last Sunday I listed some Rhyl places with every other letter removed.
The question: What are the full names of the places?

The example given:
-e-l-n-t-n / -o-d = Wellington Road

The answers:

1) -u-l-n-t-n / -r-s-e-t = Burlington Crescent

2) -a-n-l-a / -o-r- = Magnolia Court

3) -a-d-w-r-h / -r-s-e-t = Handsworth Crescent

4) -l-s / -o-i- / G-c- = Llys Robin Goch

5) -a-f-r- / A-e-u- = Walford Avenue

Did you get them all right?
Of course you did!


Alas, Daily Post reports that Rhyl has become North Wales' most crime-ridden railway station:

Criminals continue to make a bee-line for Rhyl because they have family/ friends/associates here, and they know the town is an easy place to get drugs, and policing is weak.
As far as I can see, little or nothing is being done to deter these people from coming. On the contrary they are welcomed by publicly-funded support projects including housing services.
Your taxes, dear readers, are being used to help Rhyl gain and keep a bad reputation.



Automobile Association

These amateur snaphots from the early 1930s relate to AA Box. No. 263 named ‘Rhuddlan Cross-Roads’. The telephone number was Rhuddlan 235. At the crossroads it was on the B. 5532 (now A5151 to Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth and Trelawnyd.)

Whenever passing I see the ghost of the AA Box in Rhuddlan and the one at Trefnant, Doctor.

Does anybody know who the patrolman is?

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Sunday, 5 November 2017


Here are a couple of aerial shots; the guesstimated date is August 2010. Thanks to 'L' for sending these.

Above: Looking westwards across Towyn. Tir Prince is on your left.

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Below: Looking eastwards across Towyn & Kinmel Bay towards Rhyl.

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Here are some Rhyl places with every other letter removed.
The question: What are the full names of the places?

-e-l-n-t-n / -o-d = Wellington Road

Now try these

1) -u-l-n-t-n / -r-s-e-t

2) -a-n-l-a / -o-r-

3) -a-d-w-r-h / -r-s-e-t

4) -l-s / -o-i- / G-c-

5) -a-f-r- / A-e-u-

No need to send me an email - just check your answers against mine on Sunday 12th November 2017 after 12 noon.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Erdington Children's Homes Band at Rhyl, 1929

During October 2017 the following old posts were updated:

Former Co-op premises, High Street (2 updates) -

Foryd Bridge -

High Street, Polkinghorne’s Series -

Pleasure Boats / Gangways on beach -

Pleasure / Fishing Boats near harbour -

May Queen 1941 -

Sun Centre -

Universal Credit in Rhyl -

STOP PRESS! Bodycare is moving from High Street to White Rose Centre.
ALDI is moving from Wellington Rd to Marina Quay (was Ocean Beach).



October 2017 was a classic month for quotes about Republican President Donald Trump:

Republican Senator Jeff Flake said,
“We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country - the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations.”

Republican Senator Bob Corker said,
"At the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name-calling ... I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful."

American Professor of Economics Jeffrey Sachs said,
"I believe that at an individual level he is profoundly psychologically ill. He is a malignant narcissist and a sociopath."

Not much to argue with there.

MON 30 OCT 2017 – Ex-Trump election campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has admitting lying to the FBI about connections between individuals associated with the campaign and the Russian government's efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

MON 30 OCT 2017 AGAIN – Ex-Trump election campaign adviser Paul Manafort & his business associate Richard ‘Rick’ Gates, have been charged on 12 counts, including conspiracy against United States, making false statements and conspiracy to launder money.


Saturday, 28 October 2017


St. Mary's Convent School

St. Mary's Convent School

These recent acquisitions are postcards bearing bottom right the printed signature of Rhyl photographer Rae Pickard and the date 1912. On the back they carry the following message: "BROMESQUE" REAL PHOTOGRAPH by RAE PICKARD, RHYL. PRINTED IN RHYL.

The cards bear no further details. Mr. Pickard ranged far and wide in North Wales, so there is no guarantee that this production of 'Cinderella' was actually staged in Rhyl. Nevertheless I suspect we are looking at girls from our St. Mary's Convent School in Russell Road which was up and running by then.

Kinmel Bay-based cartoonist/singer/comedian Roy Lance clocked up a few pantos in his time, such as this one:

Jack and the Beanstalk

Roy is on your right as Simple Simon with Trevor Moreton as Dame in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' 1968-69 at Swansea Grand Theatre. Jack was played by pop singer Wayne Fontana; the cast included The Harmon Brothers (later known as The Chuckle Brothers).

If I have identified the wrong production I will go and stand in the corner.

This year at Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, we have 'Sleeping Beauty':

Pavilion Theatre says, "The cast is headed by Vicky Entwistle, perhaps best known as Coronation Streeet’s Janice Batterby who plays the Bad Fairy Cararabosse. She is joined by Channel 5’s Milkshake presenter, Amy Thompson as Sleeping Beauty, Princess Briar Rose, and Hollyoaks’ Kathy Barnes, Sarah Jane Buckley, as the Good Fairy.

"The Queen of pantomime dames, Charles Burden, plays Nanny Glucose, and back by popular demand is Wales’ very own Sean Jones as Silly Billy who returns for his 6th consecutive pantomime at the Pavilion.
"There is a full supporting cast which includes two local talented dance schools, The Gay Harris Dancers and The North Wales School of Dance. Sleeping Beauty runs from Wednesday 13th December to Saturday 6th January, tickets are priced from just £9.50."
Incidentally, recent works by Denbighshire County Council at the Pavilion Theatre include the creation of a new restaurant area which has been given the name ‘1891’ because somebody thinks that’s when the Pavilion first opened. There are faults in this reasoning.
The present Pavilion Theatre which opened in 1991 could be described as a belated replacement for the famous domed Rhyl Pavilion (demolished 1974, opened 1908) but there is no connection that I know of between those two council-owned venues and the Grand Pavilion (destroyed by fire 1901, opened 1891).
The Grand Pavilion, about which I published a book in 2002, was a concert hall built at the shore end of our Victoria Pier by a private company which owned the pier at that particular time. It was not the start of a Pavilion dynasty so ‘1891’ is not an appropriate name for the restaurant.

If the link between the three disparate venues is simply the word Pavilion, then the restaurant might as well be named '1867' which was the date that the Bijou Pavilion opened halfway along the pier. Does all this matter? Well, there is already enough misinformation about Rhyl history out there without Denbighshire Council adding to it.