Abergele resident and biomedical scientist John Hepworth has been awarded with a prestigious 50 year medal by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Erin Johnson, Communications Officer with the Institute of Biomedical Science shared this story with us:
“John joined the Institute in 1967, and became a Fellow in 1974. His career began by working in the Public Health Laboratory in Wakefield. He continued in the microbiology department at the Algernon Firth Institute at Leeds University, specialising in bacteriology. He gained a Senior MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer) post in microbiology at Wythenshaw Hospital in Manchester and was promoted to Chief MLSO in 1984. He earned a reputation as an expert in microbiology, with his work being published in journals such as The Lancet and Thorax.
“For the Institute, John joined the Manchester branch of the IBMS in 1981 and served as branch secretary from 1985-1993. He was the branch representative to the North Region in 1997-1998, and was a founding member of the IBMS North West region in 1994. He also acted as a regional representative to IBMS Council until his retirement in 2002. He was awarded Life membership in 2013.
“Outside the Institute, John is a skilled photographer and regularly wins prizes for his photos of the wild animals at Chester Zoo. He is also known by colleagues for his choice of flamboyant ties.
“In the UK alone, pathologists are involved in over 70% of diagnoses in the NHS. Biomedical scientists like John diagnose disease and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments through the analysis of fluids and tissue samples, handling over 150 million samples every year.
IBMS President Ian Sturdgess said, “Over the course of nearly 50 years of membership, John has been a wonderful supporter of the Institute and the profession. John’s hard work and professionalism have shown him to be an invaluable asset to the IBMS, and it gives me great pleasure to present John with the IBMS 50 Year medal.”
Here’s a gem from Dennis Parr’s photography collection, which he’s kindly let the AbergelePost share. It’s a photo of the inside of the Parr’s family’s Little Shop, which sold sweets and cards.
I have very happy memories of buying sweets from here. If you zoom into the picture, you’ll see names like: Treets, Big Chief ice lolly, Coffee Crisp, Caramac and Skippy.
This photo by Sion Jones, taken in 2014, shows the pipes that sucked up sand out at sea which was poured out on the beach in Colwyn Bay to create a new sandy beach. The old one was sucked away by the tides during the stormy winter of 2013/14. The pipes were pieced together before being towed out to sea on the beach at Pensarn.
Paratoi y pibellau i’w tynnu gan gwch, er mwyn sugno y tywod a gollwyd yn ystormydd mawr a gafwyd yng ngaeaf 2013-14 i wneud y golled ym Mae Colwyn.
These new lamposts are on the sea side of the Abergele and Pensarn station, which looks fab after its recent refurb:
Abergele has a great tradition of the Santa Float doing the rounds in December evenings. This year’s tour starts on Monday 6 December from 5.30pm in the Woodlands Estate.
Thanks to Colin Knowlson for letting me know about this via the Float’s Facebook page.
Local historian Goronwy Davies has done a great job of documenting Abergele’s agricultural history with his book “A brief History of the Markets and Fairs at Abergele North Wales”. There are some lovely old photos and the accounts of the visits to the town by the Royal Welsh Show, including lists of local prizewinners, show the huge research effort made. I’m not sure where this book is available to buy, so if you’re reading this and you know where to get hold of a copy, please use the comments form at the bottom of this page to let other AbergelePost readers know.
Taken from the top deck of the ‘Cymru Coastliner’ double decker in August 2016. This trip replicates a trip I remember taking in 1973. That summer was the busiest I can remember along the Towyn stretch. There was a craze for wearing Kiss Me Quick Skweeze Me Slow hats. The place was packed. Not so busy today but a holiday in Towyn is still the highlight of many a family’s year and the memories of childhood holidays along the north Wales coast have prompted people to retun here time and time again.