mum is Betty Bowdler who used to run PANDORA'S BOX with my Dad, Bob
for the best part of 25 years. We had a great time there and made many
shop itself was a treasure trove of sweets and "pocket money priced"
toys and games. The Penny corner was the most popular where you could
spend ages choosing from sherbet dips, flying saucers,black jacks, fruit
sticks, fruit salad chews, McGowan's toffee bars and Parma violets etc
etc... The best times were had there -
I was in the shop one day with my Daddy ( I was about six) and it was
at the time when there was an ice cream called FUNNY FACE - a little
lad came in & said " Can I have a funny face please ?" so quick as a
flash Dad pulled a funny face and made the little lad laugh out loud
for ages !
I have many happy memories of all the lovely people who came into our
shop and all of whom were very kind to Mum & Dad after the flood wiped
out all our stock -they helped us clean up and start again - what community
spirit there was then. Anyway hope all you Pandora's Box fans out there
are happy and well.
I have found a couple (of photos) not that brilliant I am afraid but
you will get the idea. The one has a corner of the Pandora's Box sign
in it with a photo once the shop had been sold and the sign changed.
Also cutting from the Visitor."
Watson (nee Bowdler), Abergele, May 2006.
image - sent by Jan - is a cutting from the Memory Lane section of the
Abergele Visitor of 11 July 2001. The top photo was taken from Pandora's
Box looking south towards the Jolly Fryer and the lower one shows the
Bon Ladies' Wear shop, which was next door to Pandora's Box. I can't quite
make out the photographer's name, but I think it's Mr K Nelson of Min
y Don. In the interests of documenting this part of Abergele's history,
I've reproduced this cutting with photos without permisson and I'm hoping
the rights holders will let me know if they'd like me to remove it from
the site. Here's a link to more photos
of the 1971 Abergele Floods.
Gareth Morlais 1996-2007
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