16 photos of the 1981 Abergele Carnival

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.

Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival. Photo by Dennis Parr of the 1981 Abergele Carnival.

 

The building of Abergele Woolworths

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…

Photo from the Dennis Parr Collection of grocer's shop called Canol Dre in Abergele.

Some news about the Dennis Parr Collection of Abergele photos

Judging by the comments here and on Facebook, local photographer Dennis Parr’s photographic collection has given many readers great enjoyment over the past months.

Dennis has written to say that he’s deposited his entire photographic collection, which numbers around 500 gems, with the Conwy Archives Department in Llandudno.

Ms Susan Ellis of the Archive has kept them for safekeeping and they will be available to view at the Llandudno Archives facility.
The Archive Service is based at: The Old Board School, Lloyd Street
Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2YG.  (01492) 577550 archifau.archives@conwy.gov.uk
The Conwy Archive Service is open to the public every Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30.

1979 Abergele Carnival photo by Dennis Parr
A statement by a woman attending Abergele Carnival 1979 from the Dennis Parr Collection, now at the Conwy Archives in Llandudno.

 

Remember the Sunday morning car-boot sales at Abergele Market

Here are some photos from 2003 from the Dennis Parr Collection to remind you:

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale - Copyright Dennis Parr Collection

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale – Copyright Dennis Parr Collection

Abergele Market Car Boot Sale - Copyright Dennis Parr Collection
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?