Were you a member of the League of Young Citizens? Do you still have your certificate? The solemn promises made here are values which will still be taught in our schools today, although this charming certificate dates from c.1960.
Mr Philip Nicholls, originally from Rhyl and now living in Western Australia, has kindly shared with us a May Day programme from fifty years ago.
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Philip has also sent a photograph of his sister Jane Nicholls who was a train bearer in the May Day of 1964. The photograph shows Jane in her May Day outfit taken in the Royal Floral Hall. Jane died in a tragic accident in August of the same year. I’m sure all our readers would like to thank Philip for sharing both the programme and the remembrance of his sister with us, and we send him our very best wishes from Rhyl.
Here are two views of the top of the High Street leading to the sea. The first view is from approximately half a century ago, the second is a current view taken from a similar position. Whichever is your preference, things are constantly changing – nothing stays the same.
Here are links to exciting new attractions/events in Rhyl, let’s celebrate its future as well as its history.
The “Tarian” or “Shield”, Rhyl Grammar School’s magazine, from 50 years ago is full of news, articles, photographs, reviews, poetry, sports results, advertisements etc etc.
The editorial describes 1963 as a milestone in the world’s history “moving from the brink of disaster in Cuba to a rebirth of understanding which can be seen in a relaxing of passion in the cold war”. The editorial committee also noted that they had been inundated with articles about “some new Liverpool group”. Indeed, the sensation that was The Beatles seems to crop up on almost every page.
With remarkable prescience the Headmaster’s message (Mr A. R. Davies) begins with: “A generation hence those of you now at School will be asked by your own children, “Do you remember President Kennedy being murdered?” Stop now, and think what you will tell them, what you will remember”.
Clubs and societies included the Camera Club, Christian Union, Music Society, Thirty Four Club, Chess Club, New Society, Theatre Club and Sailing Club.
The Chess Club had “66 regular players”.
The Camera Club: “As always, Mr Worthy is our inspiration.”
The 34 Club noted that “one of the most popular meetings was that in which members of the staff participated. This took the form of a Juke Box Jury, which included music for both “squares” and “mods”. ”
The New Society lists one of its debates as “This house would welcome a prolongation of Tory rule.”
Performances by the Theatre Club included “Luther”, “King Lear”, “Troilus and Cressida”, “The Amorous Prawn” and “The School for Scandal”.
Yr Urdd report begins with ” Now that there are no Welsh speakers left in Rhyl Grammar School, as all Welsh speaking people have been drafted to Ysgol Glan Clwyd”…
There was a feature called “Form Notes”, a favourite being from 1H: “our classroom has a happy atmosphere, due mainly to our understanding Form Master Mr. Ben Hughes”
Sport was obviously not the school’s forte. Cricket: “Season 1963 for the School proved a very mixed one”, Football: “badly upset by injury problems”, Badminton: “has a small but enthusiastic following”, Tennis: “only two players left from last year’s team”, Netball: “still a new sport in this school”, Girl’s Hockey: “this season has started off badly, but it is to be hoped that individuals will learn to combine as a team”, Boy’s Hockey: “though not exactly defeating all who came, we console ourselves with the fact that we do not lose badly”. The exceptions were Junior Football: “undefeated after playing 9 games” and Cross Country: “the school team was highly successful, being beaten only once, by H.M.S Conway.”
On Monday, December 18th, 1967 at Rhyl Town Hall there was a presentation of the Grant of Armorial Bearings. The Rhyl Journal reported:
“Rhyl Council’s new Coat of Arms was not an amusing piece of antiquarianism, said Dr Conrad Swan, Her Majesty’s Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary, at the presentation of the grant of armorial bearings to the Council on Monday. Dr Swan said the Arms were a functional tool which would serve to identify the Council and which would also be used on the Council’s seal to ratify their most solemn undertakings.
In the prescence of Colonel P.R. Davies-Cooke, Vice-Lieutenant for Flintshire, and a large number of invited guests, Dr Swan declared patent the Letters Paters assigning and granting the armorial bearings to the Council, and presented the ornate vellum scroll, heavy with elaborate seals, bearing the Letters Patent to Councillor Vernon Trehearn J.P., Chairman of the Council.
The bearings comprise the arms depicted on a shield, surmounted by a crest and with the motto on a scroll beneath. The basic colour of the shield is the rare heraldic tincture tenny (tawny), an orange-brown colour which represents the sandy beaches of Rhyl and is also an allusion to one of the possible original meanings of the name of Rhyl, a sandbank. The use of tenny for a shield in a civic Coat of Arms is unique in heraldry.
On the shield is an inverted triangle of alternating silver and blue wavy bars, symbolising the sea and Rhyl’s maritime connections. Rhyl’s nature as a seaside resort is emphasised by the heraldic ship in red which is superimposed on the blue and silver triangle and by the salmon, below the triangle, representing the growth in recent years of the sport fishing industry.
Across the centre of the shield is a heraldic representation of a hurdle fish weir in black, which is a symbolic reference to the River Clwyd, as the word Clwyd includes amongst its meanings a moveable hurdle or wattle fence.
At the centre of the crest above the shield is a medieval knight’s helmet, with the vizor closed and facing the viewer’s left, the appropriate heraldic style for an Urban District Council.
On the helmet is a wreath, originally of twisted silk, which is of the two basic colours of the Arms, tenny and silver, the wreath secures the mantling, which decoratively garlands the Arms, coloured blue and silver on the reverse, further alluding to Rhyl’s association with the sea.
The top of the helmet is depicted as a green mound or hillock, symbolising another meaning for the name Rhyl, the Welsh and English combination of “yr” (the) and “hill”. On the mound sits a red Welsh Dragon supporting a staff flying a banner on which the Arms of the shield are represented in miniature.
Beneath the shield is the motto of the armorial bearings “Yr hafan deg ar fin y don” (The fair haven at the edge of the waves), which was the motto on the crest previously used by the council.
During the presentation ceremony in Rhyl Town Hall on Monday night, a large replica of the Coat of Arms, which had been skilfully executed by Mr John McCartan the Council’s Entertainments and Parks Director, was displayed above the stage.”
Members of the Urban District Council of Rhyl, Municipal Year 1967-8 were: Councillor V. E. T. Trehearn J.P. (Chairman), and Councillors A. Bickley, K.F. Christley, John T. Conway, W.Elwyn Conway J.P., C.C., Eric J. Davies, Vincent Davies C.C., Michael J. Dennis, Mrs C.E.M. Edwards, J. Esmor-Thomas C.C., J.C.Espley C.C., H.Harris, D.E. Hamer Jones, Francis T. Jones, F.Kelly, R.M. Owen, D.Roberts, Graham H. Roberts, Roy Turner, H.A.Weston, Emlyn Williams J.P.
Clerk of the Council was F.J. Keith Davies, LL. B.