Penarth, Punch & Judy Show c.1955

Memories of Penarth


My husband was born in Albert Road, Penarth 1943 and used to speak of loads of old tanks left to rot away in fields. Also some sort of tunnel that was later blocked off. He left there for the Midlands when he was 7 years old and had learned to count to 10 in Welsh. He came to the Black Country and could hardly understand a word of what people said.

I remember the excitement of seeing the hovercraft as a child. We used to spend many days on the beach at Penarth usually at the Pier end but when the Hovercraft visited we of course congregated at what we called the 'landing stage' end near the yacht club. The photo shows a boat in the background and I remember a service to (...Read full memory)

I have put 1950 because I don't know when the flats were built by the Baptist church. The house that was pulled down for the flats I am told my great grandfather Joshua Morris built. He also is supposed to have built the Cefn Mably hotel on the junction of Redlands Road. Joshua came from Eglwyswrw to build (...Read full memory)

I was there that day, standing with the crowd at the pier end. Quite right, the pebbles flew around when I think back on that day..it was quite dangerous, but fun. Always remember that day.

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