Father and baby dragged under the wild waters of the River Gele in the 1971 Abergele Floods

Lee Rowland Williams has been in touch with Abergele Post to tell his dramatic story as an 18-month-old baby when he and his father, the landlord (from 1967-72) of the Pen y Bont pub  in Abergele nearly drowned during the Abergele Floods of 1971. Here’s his story in his own words:

“My parents Sheela and Hugh Williams , ran the Pen-y-Bont pub on Market Street,
and the only pub that was built over the River Gele and during the flood , a car became stuck under the bridge , therefore causing massive build up of powerful water to engulf our pub.
“My parents decided enough was way too much and with myself (an 18- month-old baby)  my mum and dad and Brian left the pub. Within leaving the speed at which the river was so forceful, my father had me in his arms, but a broken log hit him waist high, and he was knocked underwater with me , into the black water, he couldn’t see me.
“My mum’s heart stopped for what seemed like years. Our friend Brian reacted so fast and, without a second thought, dived under the water and literally grabbed me and raised me up. It sounds dramatic, but it truly was. I went to hospital, but mum tells me that day she saw her only son and husband almost too close to loss, that it’s truly a miracle and also it’s such a huge part of that flood.

“I, Lee Rowland Williams can’t find any archive story of this major story of the history of Abergele. Please help if you can.”

So now Lee’s story is documented on this site. Thanks to him for sharing it.

Looking north along the River Gele towards the Pen y Bont pub during the 1971 Abergele Floods. Photo copyright John Emrys Williams
Looking north along the River Gele towards the Pen y Bont pub during the 1971 Abergele Floods. Photo copyright John Emrys Williams


1950s photos of Abergele Hospital from Linda Ramsden

Linda Ramsden has kindly shared some old photos from her personal archive of Abergele Hospital in the 1950s. Linda’s mother was Nurse Hughes, who worked at the hospital, also known as the Abergele Sanitorium, in the early 1950s. As well as the buildings shown here, she sent photos of life in the hospital, which I’ll publish on Abergele Post in the coming months. Many thanks to Linda:

Abergele Chest Hospital. From Linda Ramsden.
Abergele Hospital Ward. From Linda Ramsden.
Ward 4 – Abergele Hospital. From Linda Ramsden.

Locked In escape rooms Abergele

Great to see Locked In  escape rooms in Abergele.

This is how it works: you get locked in a room with 1-5 mates and you’ve got just one hour to escape by solving tricky puzzles.



Here’s some more info about Locked In Live Escape Games in North Wales – Abergele.
It’s a real-life room escape game based on computer escape games. Escape games are quite a craze. After entering a room with your team of up to 6 people, you’re locked in. By the end of 60 minutes, you must work together to find the clues, solve your puzzles to secure your escape.

This is suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 16 are welcome in the rooms with adult supervision. Participating in the activity may require climbing a flight of stairs to enter the building at certain points.


Parties, small groups and corporate team building activities can be booked.
Email: info@lockedin-northwales.com
Phone: 01745 798670

Stanley House
Bridge Street
LL22 7HA

There’s a note on their website to say that you may need to ring the buzzer if the door is locked.

Locked In Live Escape Games North Wales Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm
Thursday: 5pm – 10pm
Friday: 2pm – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Ben Hingeley, the racing driver from Abergele

Ben Hingeley, the racing driver from Abergele, was honoured recently by The Welsh Racing Drivers Association who awarded him the 2017 Welsh Young Driver of the Year.

Rob Allender shares this story with us, and says:

“Ben who is only 20, finished 3rd in the 2017 British Formula 3 Championship. WRDA spokesman Robert Allender said ‘Ben has had a fabulous year, and won 4 races which was more than anybody else, except the champion Enaam Ahmed. However, more than that, although he has matured into a tough racer, who is no soft touch, but he still remains a warm and friendly person, which is great credit to his parents Bonner and Julie Hingeley.

“While considering his next step, Ben will be test a variety of powerful cars over the next couple of weeks and this should give some useful pointers as to Ben’s 2018 plans.”

Recordio Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol S4C ym Modelwyddan

Cysylltodd Lois Gwen o gwmni Rondo i adael inni wybod eu bod yn recordio rhaglen Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol i S4C yn yr Eglwys Farmor, Bodelwyddan, ar 20fed o Dachwedd. Croeso ichi alw heibio a mwynhau canu emynau gyda nhw.

S4C comes to Bodelwyddan’s Marble Church on the evening of 20 Nov to record the Welsh Songs of Praise equivalent: Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol