Abergele in Shorts

Announcement November 2010
Next month, on 10 December 2010, this website is being incorporated into AbergelePost.com - a new hyperlocal news and history website I'm editing all about Abergele. I'll move all the Abergele in Shorts stories over to the new site and keep this site live as an archive of comments, photos and other stories for a while but please update your bookmarks now to http://www.abergelepost.com.

Added May 2010
Ten newspaper clippings from the 1970s - from group photos to the Floods. If you're 40-something from Abergele, you may recognise some faces:

Added December 2009
1973 Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan pupils rescue badgers from Nant y Corn. Newly-discovered images.

Added July 2009
"I was woken in what felt like the middle of the night by a huge blast and a rattling of the sash windows. " my memory of the Abergele Investiture Bomb 1969.
Abergele bomb damage copyright BBC

Added August 2008

Tribute to Athrawes Ysgol Sul Mynydd Seion, the late Mrs Brassil.

Added June 2008
Atgofion Cymraeg disgybl Ysgol Glan Morfa 1969.
Welsh-language article - memories of Glan Morfa school in 1969.

clawr Glan Morfa Dathlu Hanner Canmlwyddiant

Added May 2008

Graham Matok writes: "I grew up in Abergele during the 60s and spent loads of time in the playnies trying to catch trout in the Gele! We also used to play a lethal game of catch up Tan y Gopa which involved throwing rocks from the Door Knob at anyone or anything that moved! An annual favourite pastime was getting conkers from the avenue at the end of High St leading to the Garnett’s house, and hiding if a car came!" Now read the rest...

Added November 2007
I've uploaded some recent pictures of Abergele to Flickr, (because the host I'm using has capped webspace). Link to 123 new photos of Abergele on Flickr.com, opens in a new window.

Added February 2007
Four new links on the Links page.
NEW ADDITION: Clwyd Ave. hairdressers. Photos from Lee Wetton:
photo by Lee Wetton
Towyn Floods:
photo by Lee Wetton

Added November 2006
1947 panoramic school photo. Do you recognise anyone?
old school photo
Added September 2006
Spectacular aerial photos of Abergele taken in 1938

Abergele from the air in 1938. Copyright The Francis Frith Collection.

Can you spot your house?

Messages added May 2006

Pandora's Box in the old days
The Harp smithy and Llanfair TH baptisms

Added April 2006
74 photos of Abergele taken by Sally Hindley in 1999.
Sally HindleySt Michael'sthe old junior schoolGeleMynydd SeionSt Joseph's ChurchSally Hindley

Also added April 2006. Five new messages, including one new photo feature by Cenys Watkins about the horse fair in Abergele between the two World Wars.
74 photos
An unusual companion

A collection
Llanddulas Bombed

Added February 2006, readers' own messages about:
Jackie's Stables
Happy memories
The Birm and the Bombs (Highfield Park bombed and Thetis)
40 in New Zealand

News: Old Abergele postcard scans now available to view at Time Past website. http://www.anglesey.info/Abergele_Photograph_Archive.htm

three of Juliet Roberts's family on the long swing in 1968

Also added February 2006
Photo of Playnies in 1968

Added September 2005, readers' own messages and stories about:
Pandora's Box
Bertie Babs
Playnies and Mad Mouse
Good Friday Picnic
Harold, Dump 123 and Floods
Llanfair TH website
Tower Hill Easter Picnics
From Abergele to Chicago
Old North Wales Photos Website

Mad Mouse, Rhyl

Also added September 2005
Photo of Rhyl's Mad Mouse roller coaster

Remember the Shoe Box?

1973 - Badger rescue!

Added January 2002-
Three new image galleries:
St Michaels Church
Abergele Floods 1971

The shop that used to be Ellesmere's
Building the Expressway 1980

Red Roberts radio
Abergele today

Abergele in Boston
A little bit of Abergele in Boston. Story...

The first 25 of these stories were originally written while living with my wife Gwenan in Kerry, Ireland, and were
first published in The Visitor - Abergele's weekly. Thanks to that newpaper's editor, Kath Evans, who now edits BBC Local North-West Wales website.
For the Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan alumni ... John Emrys Williams ('Willie Welsh') is my father. Thanks to him and Hilary Williams (my late mother) for encouragement, corrections and suggestions.
Thanks to the people I've written about for the inspiration.
GarethMorlais (melyn@bigfoot.com) May 2010

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(c) Gareth Morlais 1996-2007

Abergele in Shorts - by Gareth Morlais
Bally Ballet
The Birds
Lucky Bag
Hywel the Barber
Dai Magic
Pandora's Box
The Playnies
The Tunnel
Bee Filling Station
X Files
The Log Cabin
Five Childhood Puzzles
More Childhood Puzzles
Blow or Suck?
The Funeral
Comics' Day
Bertie Babs
Haunted House
Mad Mouse
Tomorrow's World

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