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Matchbox and other toys.

I made comment on Gareth’s ‘Abergele in Shorts’ story entitled ‘Hywel the Barber’ that my sister-in-law would sometimes buy me a Matchbox car as a gift. The small fire engine (middle bottom of the photo) is that first item, dating … Continue reading

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Bedtime Story

Mo and Bill use continental quilts since coming back from Canada. They’d emigrated and returned to Abergele with crew cuts. We’d been happy with sheets and camberwick  blankets. They’d kept us warm even on nights so cold you could scrape … Continue reading

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Monkey Boots

“Make sure you’ve put on clean socks Gareth, I’m taking you to have your feet measured after school today,” said Mum. Last time, it was a shiny tape measure bound around my socked foot; this time it was a device … Continue reading

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The Abergele Visitor

The Abergele Visitor was pushed  through our letterbox every Friday. It was printed in Abergele, in a room with lino on the floor above the Visitor Office newsagents, next door to the Bee. Our neighbour Gordon Hughes was the printer … Continue reading

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This Little Piggy

Abergele is know as a market town because there used to be a livestock market here every Monday in the 1960s and 70s. The town filled up with land rovers, tractors and trailers and farmers wearing flat tweed caps and … Continue reading

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Abergele’s Old Windmill

We’ve already lost Abergele Market, Rhyl Watertowers and Colwyn Bay’s Astra Cinema. If you walk up Chapel St to Mynydd Seion and turn left at the flat-roofed building that sells tiles (previously a printers and a laundrette before that), you’ll  … Continue reading

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Lewis’s Sale

Twice a year there’d be an ad and a pricelist in the Abergele Visitor announcing Lewis’s Sale, Lewis’s was the men’s clothes shop next door to the Gwindy. The owner had a name that really suited her personality: Jolly Much … Continue reading

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Magic Potions

When they were younger, our children loved making magic potions. They’d fill jam jars with water, mud, my wife’s perfume, Fairy Liquid, etc. Then they’d seal the lid and put them on display on their bookshelves for weeks. Is there … Continue reading

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Killer Jar

We were fascinated by killing bugs when we were children and we devised some pretty cruel ways of doing the killing. The smallest bugs we’d kill were those tiny red spiders – about the size of a full-stop – that … Continue reading

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Eels

One summer my brother and I were walking up the river Gele when we spied some older boys with guns. They each had a powerful air pistol. As they walked up the stream in the water they’d stop periodically, lift … Continue reading

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