Next month, on 10 December 2010, this website is being incorporated
- 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.
Ten newspaper clippings from the 1970s - from group photos to
the Floods. If you're 40-something from Abergele, you may recognise
1973 Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan pupils rescue badgers from Nant y Corn.
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
Added August 2008
Tribute to Athrawes Ysgol Sul Mynydd Seion, the late Mrs
Atgofion Cymraeg disgybl Ysgol Glan Morfa
Welsh-language article - memories of Glan Morfa school in 1969.
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
Four new links on the Links
NEW ADDITION: Clwyd Ave. hairdressers.
Photos from Lee Wetton:
Added November 2006
1947 panoramic school photo.
Do you recognise anyone?
Added September 2006
photos of Abergele taken in 1938
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.
added April 2006. Five new messages, including one new
photo feature by Cenys Watkins about the horse fair in
Abergele between the two World
An unusual companion
February 2006, readers' own messages about:
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
added February 2006
Photo of Playnies in 1968
Added September 2005, readers' own messages and stories about:
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
added September 2005
Photo of Rhyl's Mad Mouse roller coaster
the Shoe Box?
1973 - Badger rescue!
Added January 2002-
Three new image galleries:
Abergele Floods 1971
Building the Expressway
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
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.