About a year ago, we shared a set of Dennis Parr’s photos of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Now here are his photos of the 1979 event. Items to note: the fantastic pink and white flower float (think of all the hours of work needed to create this); Alf Saint driving the fire engine; carnival queen Ruth and princess Gina; the Players cigarette vending machine outside Parr’s; Lennon’s and Liptons old shops. Enjoy these memories…
Here are 16 photos by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. You may spot a few familiar faces here. It’s good to see Market Street lined with so many people. The first image brings back a memory of the Pet Shop at the Market Street / Water Street traffic lights. Look out for local photographer Cliff Pickup and the Caernarfon Royales amongst these.
The building of Abergele Woolworths is shown in this photo from the Dennis Parr Collection. This moment marks the end of an era in Abergele. There used to be a grocer’s shop called Canol Dre (middle of town) which was the last to cut and sell butter. This photo shows the coming of a new store to town: F. W. Woolworth…
Here are some photos from 2003 from the Dennis Parr Collection to remind you:
Abergele Market Car Boot Sale – Copyright Dennis Parr Collection
This Sunday Market split opinion in our town. Some saw it as a way of invigorating Abergele and bringing in trade to what has traditionally been a market town; others resented the traffic, the parking chaos and all the noise on a Sunday.
What did you think? Would you like to see it return?