The 4th episode of the Conwy Community Podcast is now available for download, and this months special guest is Welsh Government Regeneration Officer, Rob Knowles.
This weeks session of Rhyl Reflections took us to THE GRAND HOTEL in Llandudno, where our special guests Derek and Doreen were staying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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