Colwyn Bay, The Pier 1900
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Originally opened in 1900, the Victoria Pier contained a 2500-seater pavilion. The present closed pavilion only dates from 1934; its art-deco style is impressive. The pier was purchased privately by Anne and Mike Paxman in 1994, who lived on the pier and were determined to restore and open all the facilities. Although the majority of the pier neck was reopened the pavilion remained closed, due to lack of funds. The pier was sold in 2003 to Mr S Hunt who hopes to continue restoring the pier to its former glory.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from Colwyn Bay

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Colwyn Bay

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The Dingle was indeed a magical place and as a child on holiday in the 1950's, I always chose to go to the beach via The Dingle. I have a photograph of myself and my brother taken by the drinking fountain that was just where the Dingle meets the promenade. I believe it was over the Dingle stream and was erected to commemorate the completion of the promenade. I was hoping to take a current photo but ...see more
I was born in groes rd. and lived there with my mum and Nain and Taid. The park was wonderfull. Playing tennis golf ,sailing my yacht the swings the boating lake and wonderfull fireworks on 5 th nov. when the finale was a waterfall into the lake and a swan gliding across the lake. On the prom there was the electric elephant which I loved and on the pier were shows and the pantomime. I went to Bod Alaw school ...see more
To Norma Singleton. There is a terrace of houses between Llanddulas & Llysfaen (2 miles from Colwyn Bay) with a terrace called Tyn y Maes. My Nain & Taid lived there before moving to Llysfaen village. I live in Llysfaen & went to Pendorlan Secondary Modern school in Colwyn Bay from 1962, it then changed to a comprehensive school - Colwyn High. Colwyn Bay and surrounding areas have changed immensly.
I went to Colwyn Bay with a girl friend and we stayed at 'Tyn-y-maes' (sorry can't remember how to spell it). I met my husband on that holiday when we were only in our early teens. We were friends on and off for several years and finally got together again and married in 1961. We were there last year and tried to find the place but told it has long since gone. Ah, memories!