Thursday, 30 April 2009

THE OTHER VILLAGE

THIS IS THE BLOG OF COLIN JONES, RHYL TOWN COUNCILLOR: BODFOR WARD
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The opinions expressed in this blog are entirely my own and not the views of the town council.
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Pentre Bach Welsh Model Village (Pentre Bach translates as Little Village) was an outdoor attraction 1970-1975 in West Parade; if it existed today it would take up part of the land between Sandringham Avenue and Sydenham Avenue. The village was created by Rhyl Amusements Ltd the company that owned the fun fair. It was designed by their structural draughtsman Ronald Towler.

Pentre Bach had a castle, pub, school and other miniature buildings including the one the lady in traditional dress is showing to children in the black-and-white picture above: Ty Gwyn Farm (Ty Gwyn translates as White House). The talented Mr. Towler went to work as a technical assistant for Trust House Forte and later at Alton Towers.

The colour postcard shows Pentre Bach's slate quarry. All the roofing of the model village was genuine Welsh slate.

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