When I opened the door, imagine my surprise to be staring at a big shiny red fire engine, with the words Abergele Urban District Council writtern in gold letters running along its side.
Slaters of Abergele is a name well-known throughout the country and now Colin Knowlson has archived his family’s motor company’s historical artefacts, images and documents. And he’s been giving historical and motivational talks to local societies and to people of all ages throughout north Wales.
Colin has some real gems in his photographic archive:
– a photo of world famous boxer and Gwrych Castle resident Randolph Turpin posing outside Slaters Garage
– an ariel photo of Abergele that must surely have been taken from a hot air baloon, because there were no cars on any of the roads and just one solitary horse and cart on Market Street.
– photos of the interior of the Teddy Jones-run Slater and Wheeler machine shop which turned out military equipment during WWII
– and many more fantastic photos
I’m sure to return here in the future to stories of Slaters and of old Abergele told to me by Colin today. But for now, I’ve just got a big smile on my face having seen that big shiny red old Abergele fire engine.