It’s that time of year again – our new season starts this coming Monday, September 10th. We meet at Rhyl Community Fire Station on the Coast Road. The programme, which has been amended slightly since its first publication, is shown below. All welcome, for further details see our “About us” page.
“Cigarette smoking is injurious in many ways. In the first place the smoke breathed into the lungs forms a fine coating over their delicate surfaces and prevents not only the intake of oxygen but the escape of the body’s poisonous gases. This means retention of these poisons and that is the most common cause of disease. Retained poison in the blood means that the brain and nerves are starved and poisoned and this condition is, of course an absolute bar to clear and consecutive thinking. The will power suffers most of all.”
“In the late 1800’s smoking wasn’t seen as a health hazard and around this time automated cigarette making machines came into being. Simon Eisiski lived in Rhyl during the later part of the 1800s and early 1900s. He was a Russian Jew born in 1868. He married a Jewish girl, Bertha Goldstein from Manchester in 1898, and by 1901 they were living at 76 Wellington Road with a 1 year old daughter. Simon s occupation was given as Tobacconist and, as shown above, he advertised ‘Celebrated Cigarettes’.
Rhyl History Club member Maggi Blythin has shared photographs and information about E.B. Jones’s with us – do you remember any of the shops?
These are some of the oldest photos showing the shops in Rhyl, Ruthin and Colwyn Bay.
This shows the RhylHigh Street branch, above which was the Arundale Café which was also owned by EBs:
Thank you Maggi.
We have received an enquiry from a Mr Evans via History Points. He has come across a solid silver gilt key, which reads:
“MORFA BACH CHAPEL RHYL 1st OCT 1965” on one side and “PRESENTED BY REEMA (CHESTERFIELD) Ltd.” on the other.
Does anyone know the story attached to this? What event did it mark? We would love to find out. Please leave a comment below if you can help.
A few years ago Rhyl History Club member Beryl Worthington allowed us to publish her memories of Morfa Bach Chapel, to read them again click here.
Who went to see “The Exorcist” in the 1970’s? Possibly not in Rhyl ? This interesting poster is currently for sale at Drew Pritchard‘s shop in Conwy. The controversial film, which is an adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, was submitted to the British Board of Film Classification in 1974. It tells the story of a young girl possessed by a demon. Rumour had it that it caused some people to leave the cinema, faint and even vomit. This is from the BBFC’s website:
“in spite of its more sensationalist moments, the BBFC considered that The Exorcist was suitable for an X certificate to be issued without cuts. As the BBFC’s Secretary, Stephen Murphy, said at the time, ‘It is a powerful horror movie. Some people may dislike it, but that is not a sufficient reason for refusing certification’.”
“the film was a huge popular success at the box office and the public as a whole did not seem overly concerned. Despite this, a handful of local authorities bowed to the demands of pressure groups and banned the film in their areas, which only added to the reputation of the film.”
We think that the film was eventually shown in Rhyl – can our readers confirm this?
On Christmas Day 1918, just weeks after the armistice, a Rhyl soldier wrote graffiti in the attic of Floreffe Abbey, Belgium.
Can the graffiti reveal history to us almost one hundred years later?
The soldier’s name, as you can see from the image, was William Whelan. You will also be able to make out that he served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Machine Gun Corps.
After an enquiry from Belgium last week we have carried out some research. Records at Flintshire Archives show that William Whelan lived at 3, William Street, Rhyl. A census search shows that in 1911 William and his family were living at 30, Vale Road.
image by permission: Find my Past
Click on the image to discover more about William.
We think that this is William’s son (also William aka Willie) pictured in the second photograph of our previous post “Look, Duck and Vanish”
Do you know more about William Whelan? It would be great to piece together his story and to know what he was doing in the attic of Floreffe Abbey, Belgium on Christmas Day, 1918. Please comment below or e-mail us at email@example.com