NWREN and TAPE film at the top of Snowdon

This week, the TAPE team have been quite literally up a mountain, as we work with the North Wales Race Equality Network (NWREN) and The Minority Elders Advocacy Project (MEEA) to help film a music video to promote the organisation.

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64 members of the group from all across North Wales – plus TAPE crew – hopped on the train to the top of Snowdon to take part in performance of Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ – right on the mountaintop.

The music video is being filmed at various locations across North Wales, having already been filmed in Llangollen and Llandudno.  We previously scouted Snowdon in October in order to choreograph the space and the time at the summit, as well as to plan the camera positions.

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During this session, unfortunately we we forced to revise some of the angles due to unforeseen heavy fog (typical as it was glorious sunshine the day previous!), but we got some great shots and we were delighted with the results.

North Wales is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes, and it is always fun to work on a project that incorporates some of the beauty of the area that we have right on our doorsteps – even more so in a fun and exciting way!

Wonderful quote about the experience from Belinda at NWREN:

Great day yesterday! Thank you to Snowdon Mountain Railway, TAPE Community Music & Film, Lisa Spaull Choreography, Suzette Smart Textiles Artist and all the 64 NWREN MEEA Project beneficiaries who came along to take part in our North Wales version of Pharrell’s Happy video yesterday!

We came from across the North Wales region – Happy Choirs from Gwynedd, Flintshire and Wrexham all converged on Llanberis to take the Snowdon Mountain Railway up to the Summit of Snowdon, or Eryri (The Eagle’s nest) as it is known in Wales.

It was an inter-cultural and inter-generational event, with people from all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, many braved their fear of heights, difficulties in walking, vision impairements to play their part in what turned out to be a fantastic day.

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We hope all those who took part had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to sharing the finished results with the world!

Well done everyone!

Special thanks to Tom Ellis who took photos and filmed an on-set mini vLog.

The North Wales Race Equality Network have a website and a Facebook page if you would like some more information about the amazing things that they do in the North Wales area.

Stay posted for the video release in the not-so-distant future!

Rhyl Reflections at The Grand Hotel, Llandudno

This weeks session of Rhyl Reflections took us to THE GRAND HOTEL in Llandudno, where our special guests Derek and Doreen were staying.

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Derek and Doreen came to Rhyl from Horden – a village in County Durham – which was a mining village until the closure of the Horden Colliery. Derek worked down the mines right up until they closed in 1987.

Derek and Doreen visited Rhyl in 1966 where they stayed at the Derbyshire Miners Holiday Camp on Marsh Road – which coincidentally is the very road where our partners Communities 1st are now based.

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Both shared their fond memories of how clean and pleasant Rhyl was, and how posh they though the area was!  They told us of memories of their visits to the fair, of swimming in the swimming pool on the Holiday Camp – something which their 18 month old son would try to do whilst fully clothed within an hour of their arrival in Rhyl!

Other memories included enjoying the lively on-site entertainment and of seeing the many steam trains arrive and leave Rhyl, full of holiday makers – and how the train drivers would toot their whistle to the delight of the on looking children.

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Derek and Doreen remember the on-site entertainment team keeping the guests up-to-date with the 1966 World Cup Knock-Out rounds, and how they listened to the final on the coach back home – a happy memory indeed as it was the year England beat Germany to win their one and only World Cup.

In 1986, Doreen and Derek moved to Llandudno – something they would have never done had it not been for their visit to Rhyl 20 years earlier – which opened their eyes to how different life in Rhyl could be from the current life they were leading.

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A huge thank you to Derek and Doreen for sharing their wonderful memories of Rhyl with us.
Also, massive thanks to the folk at The Grand in Llandudno for allowing us to film on site – such a beautiful building.
And as always, thank you to the Rhyl Reflections team for all your hard work as we push on with the project.

The lovely photos are courtesy of Linda Hurst.

Rhyl Reflections at the Fair

Another week and another leap forward in progress with the latest installment of Rhyl Reflections.

This week we focussed on the lovely Jean Sedgewick, who we have previously worked with on the project when we interviewed her about her personal memories of Rhyl.

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Our location was the magnificent Tir Prince funfair – somewhere that Jean and her family have always had connections with.

We had around 10 of the Rhyl Reflections team out with us during our session.

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Jean talks about her fond memories of living and working on the fair – such as elephants being washed in the sea by the visiting circus – something you certainly wouldn’t see today!

Jean even recanted memories of Bob Monkhouse himself gracing the nightclubs in the area!

Jean’s piece goes on to recall the ‘tricks of the fair trade’ – and how patrons were ‘gently encouraged’ to participate in the fair games!

And to top it off, Jean explains how her husbands family trained animals for a living – including a bear that went on to find movie stardom  in the US.

This weeks session really was a special one – thanks to everyone who came along and offered their time and skills to help film this wonderful segment of the Rhyl Reflections film.

A big thank you to Adam Williams and his team at Tir Prince Fun Park for their hospitality.

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Huge thanks, as always, to Linda Hurst for her fab photos on the set!


Rhyl Reflections is a project run by TAPE in collaboration with Denbighshire Communities First.  We welcome all who wish to take part, regardless of ability,  whether it be in front of the camera, or behind, learning skills on set.

We have some wonderful words from those involved this week:

Fantastic interview with Jean and some amazing stories shared.
-John Edwards

It was a new experience for me, filming in somewhere like a fair, and one that I really enjoyed!
– Mark Jackson

I got some new and interesting shots, which is building up experience for me.  I’m really loving learning the camera techniques -and Jean’s stories are like gold dust!
– Stuey Jones

Where do I start?  I get really nervous, so asking the questions has helped me improve my confidence.  I find Jeans stories fascinating and I enjoyed being able to ad-lib some of the questions during the interview.
– Paula Jones

If you would like to get involved with Rhyl Reflections, check us out over on Facebook, or contact us via email: neil@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk or call us on 01492 512 109

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Filming an Introduction – Rhyl Reflections

The latest installment of the Rhyl Reflections production saw Roy Turner back in front of the camera as the team filmed the introduction piece to the film.

We previously saw Roy recant a memory of Rhyl from his childhood, but this time he presented a piece which will be used to introduce the Rhyl Reflections film.

The location was carefully selected, and filming took place on the bridge adjacent to the Children’s Village, chosen as it overlook Rhyl High Street.

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Those involved in the Rhyl Reflections production we able to participate in camera operation, sound recording and chose the questions and subject matter that were discussed on film.

A successful session – thanks to all who participated.

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If you are interested in the history of Rhyl , or have an interest in film-making, and you would like to help us make a film about the area in the 40s, 50s and 60s then come and join us as we put together this production.

Come along to one of our friendly sessions on Marsh Road in Rhyl – everyone is welcome, and no previous experience is required.  You will get to try your hand at all aspects of film-making, learn more about Rhyl, and be part of a great team working on an ongoing project.

The group meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl.

Rhyl Reflections at the Little Theatre in Rhyl

Following the success of the previous edition of Rhyl Reflections, and many weeks of planning and discussing ideas, the Rhyl Reflections group and the TAPE Film Crew began the first filming session at the Little Theatre in Rhyl last night.

The idea behind the filming is to recreate ‘memories’ of Rhyl as told by members of the group, using a cinematic method of visually portraying the individuals recollections of Rhyl at the time.

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Our first memory comes from local man Roy Turner, who grew up in the area and has many memories of Rhyl in its heyday.

His memory centres around the Little Theatre on Vale Road, where Roy and his friends went to see a Saturday matinee film. On this particular Saturday, Roy and his friends were being particularly mischievous – throwing ice cream tub lids up at the screen.  Naturally, the manager at the time was not happy with this behaviour and demanded that Roy pick up each and every one of the lids that were scattered around the cinema.  But Roy, being a cheeky chappie, not only picked up the lids, but stood at the front of the screen after his ‘performance’ and took a huge bow.  Noticing Roy’s huge grin, sheer cheek and beaming charisma, the manager offered him a job on the spot.

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A huge thank you to the children involved who played the parts of Roy and his cheeky young friends – you were all absolutely wonderful!

Another thank you to the actors who joined us from Communities 1st in Rhyl. You did a fantastic job and we hope you enjoyed the experience.

And last but most certainly not least, a massive thanks to the YMCA in Rhyl who provided the costumes for the shoot.  Your kind donation helped us keep the scene as authentic to the memory as possible.

We will be shooting more memories as the weeks go on – stay posted to follow our journey towards the next instalment of Rhyl Reflections.

Rhyl Reflections meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl.  If you have any memories of Rhyl in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that you would like to share – as a child or as an adult –  or if you would just like to get involved in the project – get in touch with Neil on 01492 512 109 or email him at neil@tapemusicandfilm.co.uk.

You can also visit our Rhyl Reflections webpage for more information, or follow the story on Facebook.

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