Christmas in Rhyl as reported in the press. Firstly, a report from 100 years ago, by the Manchester Guardian. Then a look at Rhyl nightlife, 50 years ago in 1962, as advertised in the Rhyl Journal. Lastly, a funny little article from 1954, again from the Manchester Guardian.
Manchester Guardian, December 24th, 1912:
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS AT RHYL
“The particular feature of the Christmas holidays at Rhyl is the extreme mildness of the weather. Primroses, roses and other flowers are in bloom: in one garden no fewer than fifty roses of various kinds were counted. The leading hotels and boarding houses expect a good number of Christmas guests. For the first time in twenty years there will be no distribution of hot-pots, but the poor will receive gifts of coal and bread, and relief recipients an extra shilling each. Among the attractions are the Boxing Day Eisteddfod at the Grand Pavilion, for which there is a record entry, skating carnival and hockey matches at the skating rink, football matches at the Belle Vue grounds, and special programmes at the picture theatres. The Congregationalists will hold their annual preaching meetings at Carmel Chapel.”
In 1962 there were plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas. These are some of the advertisements from the front page of the Rhyl Journal:
Over Burton’s Tailors, High Street, Rhyl.
Grand Christmas Carnival Dances
Scores of Hats, balloons, novelties and “The Cossacks” plus “The Jaybeats”. Saturday, December 22nd 8-11.30 4/-
Saturday, December 22nd, Jackie Lynton, Bob Xavier and The Jury. Dancing 8-11.45. Admission 6/-
The Ritz – The Rendezvous for the discerning
PAVILION BALLROOM, RHYL
Star attraction Bob Miller and the Millermen supported by The Strangers. Saturday December 22nd 7.30-11.45
Licensed Lounge Bar. Late Transport
Tickets will be on sale at this dance for Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen – January 19th.
MEDINA RESTAURANT, HIGH STREET, RHYL
Dinner and Dance on Saturday, December 22nd and every Saturday. Dinner from 7.30, dancing until 11.45 to Fred Williams and his music. 15/6d. Licensed Bar until 11.30.
THE BLUE GROTTO COFFEE BAR, KINMEL BAY
Friday, December 21st at 8pm. Grand Christmas Jive and Twist Session to the new sound of The Cossacks. Admission 2/6. Free transport to Rhyl.
ROYAL LIDO PRESTATYN
North Wales’ Finest Ballroom.
Dancing 8-11.45 Sensational hit recording group The Telstar Tornadoes supported by Jack Ellis and The Autocrats. Late Transport to local districts. Tickets in advance from Greaves, Rhyl and Prestatyn.
Other attractions included Rolf Harris at the Ritz Ballroom on December 29th and Rhyl Rugby Club’s Annual New Year’s Eve Carnival Ball at the Pavilion Ballroom, dancing from 8.30-2am to two bands.
This short article is from the Manchester Guardian, December 24th, 1954:
ORPHANS GIVEN A DONKEY
“Chester Zoo has presented the orphan children of St. Winifred’s Church of England Children’s Society’s Home in Rhyl with a donkey named Joseph as a Christmas present. Mr G. A. Mottershead, curator of the zoo, heard that the home was in need of a donkey for its Christmas Nativity play. He said it could have Joseph and keep him for good.”
Rhyl History Club would like to wish all of its members and friends, actual and virtual, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.