Friday, 1 December 2017


The town's brass band in 1908 outside Rhyl Pavilion

During November 2017 the following posts were updated:

Albert Barnes, founder of Rhyl’s fun fair -

Clash Promotions’ Rhyl Fridays -

Denbighshire T.Y. -

Exhibition diving at The Baths -

Gordon Hemm, another drawing -

Grand Theatre again -

Pennaf / Clwyd Alyn -
Remembrance Sunday, old photo -

Cards such as the one below postmarked 1905 (sent from Camberley to Miss Earp of Bayham Gardens, Lamberhurst, Kent) are common enough but not written in shorthand!



If Britain were not fooloishly throwing itself out of the European Union, we would not need to depend so much on the dying American empire with all its violence and greed - above all - its pig of a President.



During the month of December this blog shall be paused while the year's posts are double checked and possibly re-edited. The next post will be on Monday 1st January 2018.

Rhyl Life has been chosen for preservation by National Library of Wales for researchers in the future. Been thinking of offering photos and/or info but haven't got round to it yet? Best do it soon.
Remember, your items don't have to be old to be interesting!

Colin Jones / email:


Sunday, 26 November 2017


Many readers would remember Charles Jones timber merchants at Foryd Harbour. In days of yore the harbour was a hive of activity. According to the postcard / business card below, the Charles Jones company was established in 1870. (It closed down in 1988.)

"From SHIP to RAIL"

This would refer to nearby Foryd Railway Station aka Kinmel Bay Halt about which you can read on Wikipedia:


This was a name in common use for Foryd Harbour even though most of it is in Kinmel Bay. Foryd is an old name for Kinmel Bay.

This part of the card's text is repeated here for indexing purposes:

Archangel Reds, Floorings, Bathurst Spruce, Mobile Pitchpine & English Cement.
Vessels discharging at Messrs. Charles Jones and Sons, Ltd.,
Timber Importers & Sawmill Proprietors, Foryd & Rhyl.


A reader got in touch to say she had searched Rhyl Life for an old picture of St. John's Church, Wellington Road, and failed to find one. What? Can this be true? Hereby I make amends:

St. John's, a Grade II listed building, held religious services from 1887 to 1997 and is now a private residence named Churchill House.



Last Sunday I said that in the late 1950s this entertainer topped the bill at a Sunday concert in Rhyl Pavilion. The question: What is her name?

The answer: Jill Day.
She was Brighton-born, mainly a singer, tried her hand at acting. She was popular on TV before most of us had a TV. As a song stylist she was knocked out of the game by the advent of rock 'n' roll. She died in 1990.

The photo is from Bill Ellis who says her Sunday concert in Rhyl Pavilion was in 1958. This information helped me to date the following, one of my own pix in which Jill Day poster is centre left.

Wow, the roller skating rink looks busy!

Also I said that in the early 1970s the entertainer below topped the bill at a Sunday concert in Rhyl Pavilion. The question: What is his name?

The answer: Jimmy Tarbuck.
Like other Liverpool comedians, JT played Rhyl more than once. The Sunday concert in question was 1971.

Below: A recent picture of yer man with his wife Pauline after they had been married for 50 years.

Daily Mirror / Getty Images
Daily Mirror / Getty Images



Daily Post has chosen 13 of the best places to get a Sunday roast in Denbighshire. Rhyl is there with Barratt's at Ty'n Rhyl, 167 Vale Road (Tel: 01745 344138) and The Bistro Restaurant, 215 Wellington Road - corner of Westbourne Avenue (Tel: 01745 344333).
Click here if you wish to see the full list:


Sunday, 19 November 2017


The old toll bridge that preceded the present Foryd Bridge is always an item of interest. The image below tells us little or nothing about the bridge but it has a certain charm. Views from downriver looking northwards to the harbour are quite rare.

The image has been re-shaped slightly Yours Truly. It is from a card postmarked 1916. Printed on the back of the card is a copyright notice by

A. Netherwood, Conway. Arthur Netherwood was an English artist who travelled in Wales. He died in 1930.


Well boys, we men seem to be boxed into a corner: no longer able to take hold of children and – thanks to predatory film producers and the like – no longer able to take hold of women either. We’ll have to learn to hug each other.

A long way from the dark side is this depiction of a young lady landing in Rhyl and being pursued by interested parties while a policeman looks on. Women would send this kind of card to each other.

Humorous card

This is postmarked 1903. It is intended to be humorous and I hope most sincerely that it offends nobody.

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Only the videos marked RhylTime are mine!



In the late 1950s this entertainer topped the bill at a Sunday concert in Rhyl Pavilion.
The question: What is her name?

In the early 1970s the entertainer below topped the bill at a Sunday concert in Rhyl Pavilion.
The question: What is his name?

No need to send me an email - just check your answers against mine on Sunday 26th November 2017 after 12 noon.


I note with glee that Scottish Government has overcome legal objections and is to impose a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Welsh Government is poised to follow suit.
The alcoholic drinks industry is pernicious; more action is needed against it. Imagine how much less our social services, NHS and policing would cost if alcohol consumption in general were cut back drastically.
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales and Chief Constable of North Wales Police are both on record as supporting the idea of a minimum price per unit of alcohol, so it's time for everybody - including drinkers of the stuff - to realise that it has been dangerously cheap for too long.


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.

To see the post about photographer Stephen Clarke’s 'Ocean Beach Rhyl' please click here:

The following refs are added here for indexing purposes: Cafe Royal Books, Craig Atkinson editor.

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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.