What will the year 2014 hold for Rhyl? The year on this calendar is 1938, here are a few news snippets to give a flavour of that year:
January: Wales were “routed” by England in an amateur international football match at Rhyl. Wales 2 – England 8
February: Big schemes for the defence of the coast against the sea. “Rhyl, Prestatyn and Flintshire Councils are in consultation about the coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn”.
March: Rhyl Urban Council decided to support the Rhyl Individual Traders Association in their effort to increase the number of consecutive Sundays during the Summer when shops may be open (with permission) from 18 to 24.
April: A very sunny month, 215 hours in all. On April 10th Rhyl was recorded as having had 11.4 hours of sunshine.
May: £14,000 was received by Rhyl Urban Council from the Ministry of Health for protective works to the River Clwyd training wall. The wall was badly damaged by a succession of severe storms in January.
June: The weather was reported as “unkind”, but that two new cinemas had opened since last Summer.
July: With regard the forthcoming Bank Holiday (which then was the first Monday in August, not the last), Mr Priestley Edwards, the publicity officer of Rhyl, remarked that “the prospects are very encouraging”. A large number of extra trains were run to Rhyl from Lancashire and the Midlands.
August: Rhyl experienced a terrific downpour in the middle of the afternoon on the 8th. Cellars of apartment houses on and near the promenade were quickly flooded. Water entered the cellars of the Queen’s Theatre and at the Odeon Cinema the lower portion of the stalls were flooded.
September: The Lord Mayor of Dublin visited Rhyl to open a garden fete at St. Mary’s Convent and was accorded a civic welcome. The Welsh Amateur Golf Championship was held at Rhyl.
October: More storms! On October 4th a gale caused damage to all parts of the town. Rhyl Football Club lost the greater part of their new shelter on the popular side. The large corrugated iron sheets, together with their wooden supports were lifted into the adjoining Botanical Gardens.
November: The Rhyl Publicity Association protested to the BBC about the broadcasting of extracts from speeches made by Cabinet Ministers at Rhyl, without mentioning the fact that the speeches were made at Rhyl. Mr P.J. Ashfield, vice chairman of the association said “This sort of thing counteracts all the benefit we get from our publicity and advertising schemes”.
December: At the monthly meeting of the Rhyl Urban Council, E.G. Evans described coast erosion as “one of the most important questions that we have to face immediately”. The County Surveyor stated that he required a wall two miles long between Rhyl and Prestatyn at an estimated cost of £200,000.
All information and references from the Manchester Guardian, 1938.