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Memories of Llandudno
Great Orme Railway, Ty Gwyn Road Passing Loop
The Great Orme Tramway is split into an upper and lower section at Halfway station. This photo is taken on the lower section at the middle passing place, situated on Ty Gwyn Road just above Black Gate. At this point, car 4 takes the outer rails to pass car 5 which passes on the hillward side. The roadway here is 'pinched' [ie it suddenly narrows] and has on occasion been the scene of minor crashes with cars heading downhill whose drivers have not taken into account the outward swing of the front of the tram. Despite safety road markings, the tram driver sounding his warning horn etc., the writer was conducting number 4 on the occasion of a brand new car heading downhill venturing into the danger zone and having it's front and nearside panels brutally filleted by the front left step. The car driver waved his hands as if to indicate to the tram driver [who rejoiced in the nickname of "Bob Dog" ] to steer away!!! As if... Read more
Passing Place on The Upper Section, Great Orme Tramway
This is a photograph of two tramcars, Nos 6 & 7, at the passing loop above the Great Orme Mines. They are painted in the Dark Ochre livery which was only used for a few years after the upper line's opening in 1903. The haulage cables are clearly visible, these being of seven eigths of an inch diameter. They roll above ground on 12 inch sheaves and are guided by 'top hat' profiled pulleys. Every pulley requires greased lubrication on a daily basis, this being a backbreakingly unpleasant job. Without this, the cables would wear out quickly and would literally scream in protest! One can also see the two trolley poles mounted on each roof, these being used singly for signalling purposes. It was at this spot that a 'washout' of the track ballast took place in the late 1990s. This caused the upper section to be temporarily closed and required reballasting and new pointwork equipment was installed. A safety camera was found to be necessary, there having been several... Read more
I believe my great grandfather, Ernest Gordon Wright, was born at the livery stables on Mostyn Street in 1888. His father, my great great grandfather Joseph Wright was the manager until he died in 1889. My great grandfather's older brother, Charles, was also born there in 1887. I would love to know more about them as a family. My great great grandmother's name was Emily Anne.
I was christened here, Belinda Adams, and have a photo of me with my Mum and Dad and sister Susan, who was also christened here, I think, 2 years earlier. My father, William Shirley Adams, married Enid Mary Adams here in 1937, I also have a photo of this, and my grandparents are both buried here I think, I certainly remember visiting my grandmother's grave as a child, she was Emma Louisa Adams, nee Shirley.
Shows in Happy Valley
This photo of Happy Valley brings back many memories! Great Shows with Alex Munro (actress Janet Munro's father). Janet was married to actor Ian Hendry. Great times, comedy, songs, dancing, talent shows. Pay for seating within the fenced area or sit on the hillside as these people were - and my family did! Also in amongst the trees behind the stage was Alice in Wonderland. Models of characters, static and some with movement illustrated the story of Alice. The Cheshire cat and the moving leg of a giant Alice stuck in a house were particular favourites. At night the models were illuminated and gave a very different effect.
Shows at The Pavilion Theatre
Oh how I remember going to shows at the Theatre. The one I recall most is seeing Tommy Steele - sometime in the 60s. Walking along the Pier before or after and having a cuppa or an icecream - great stuff. Gone are the days!