This Community Memory Book is not an historical record but rather the recollections of a group of residents who were happy to share photographs and memories of growing up and living in the town.
We all know that the mind can sometime play tricks and one person's recollection might be slightly different to another but all memories are important and so all have been included here.
The middle of Prestatyn High Street in the 1950s.
Ann W got quite excited when she recognised her grandmother crossing the road on the right hand side of the photograph!
Do you remember any of these names:
Bertorelli's Milk Bar,
Sheer Elegance Dress Shop,
Hewitt's Wine Merchants,
Roberts Seed Merchants,
The Emporium Grocers,
Freda Foster's Cake Shop
and of course:
Waterworth's, Fortes, The Maypole and W.H. Smith's.
Prestatyn High Street is the steepest one in Wales in 2021 it was also identified as the Best High Street in Wales. The award considers factors such as the volume of retail space, suitability of businesses to consumer demand, essential retail such as groceries and pharmacists, vacancy rates of properties, spending by residents and tourists and the number of cars, which is said to reflect the ability to travel into retail centres.
Prestatyn was followed by Ruthin in second place, Monmouth in third, Blackwood in fourth and Cardiff in fifth.
Do any of these names bring back any memories?
Woolworth's, on the High Street, has now been replaced by Home Bargains.
In The 50's Mr Pastry (Richard Hearne) came to Woolworths, Prestatyn raising money for a children's charity by selling signed photographs. This enterprise was supported by Golden Wonder Crisps.
William Richard Davies, High Street butcher, in 1928, with his children in the family business trap
This building in Nant Hall Road (now Mr Bevan's) was originally the Police Station. It was built in 1905.
If you walk down the entry that takes you to the shops look to your left and you can spot two small arched windows that still have the original prison bars visible.
The Palladium Cinema was designed by Liverpool based cinema architect A.E. Shennan. It was opened in early-1921. The proscenium was 35 feet wide, and there was a small stage. The building also contained a cafe restaurant and a dance hall.
The Palladium Cinema was closed in 1968, and was converted into a bingo club. This closed in 1978, and the building was put up ‘For Sale’. It was demolished and a branch of Boots chemists was built on the site in the 1980s
Patrons queueing, in 1933, to see King Kong at The Scala which was previously Prestatyn's Town Hall.
In 1910 James Roberts rented and began screening films at the Town Hall under the name of Saronie’s Enterprises.
On 5th July, 1913, Saronie's published an advertisement that promoted itself as “Electric with good Music. The announcement promised “Matinees on Wet Days and Every Saturday at 3”, “The Pioneer of Animated Photography” and “Continuous Performances from 7 to 10” with a “Complete change of Program every Monday and Thursday of all Star Pictures”.
The name was changed from Saronie's to The Scala.
In September 1939 the camp site was requisitioned as a military camp. It initially provided accommodation for No. 2 Signal Training Centre
This postcard of the Ffrith shows Prestatyn Tower Beach Holiday Camp in the background. The Holiday camp was previously known as Cooks Holiday Camp.
This 58 acre seafront camp was built in 1939 as a joint venture between Thomas Cook and the LMS railway. It continued to be run by Thomas Cook for many years and was known to many as simply 'Cooks Camp'. It was designed from the outset to be a more upmarket facility and was famed for its modernistic architecture, especially the 60ft-tall Hamlyn Tower which loomed large over the site to become a well-loved Prestatyn landmark.
Prestatyn holiday camp in 1947
Film star David Niven was one of the judges of the Neptune's Daughter contest at Tower Beach Prestatyn in 1950
Sad photographs of the demolition of Tower Beach camp. Opened in 1939 the camp was sold to Pontin's in 1971. Unexpectantly it was closed in 1984 and then left abandoned before demolition almost 20 years later.
Younger readers might be interested to see the 'Baby Crying' sign which was on the wall in the Ball Room. It meant that parents could leave their children 'safely' in their chalets while they went out. Don't worry - nursery nurses patrolled the camp, checking for any distressed children. They then alerted the parents!
Did you have one of these badges?
This is Cynthia (with her daughter). She was a Prestatyn Holiday Camp Blue Coat in the 1960s. She was also an extra in the Holiday on the Buses film
Having fun at Salford Children's Holiday Camp which was previously known as The Poor Children's Holiday Camp. Not a name that it would be given today!
This is a picture of the old Ysgol Bodnant in Marine Road. It was previously known as Prestatyn County Primary School. Ysgol Bodnant is now in Nant Hall Road.
Moira provided the following information about all the schools past and present in Prestatyn. In Marine Road was Horeb Chapel Infant School.
The Suhail Indian Restaurant is on the site of the Voluntary Primary School - a Church of England National School.
In Dawson Drive is Pen Morfa Junior School.
In Princes Ave was St Chad's Private Boys School (uniform: purple/green and grey)also there is Ysgol y Llys Welsh Primary School
In FforddLas was Pendre Private School [navy blue beret with a giant yellow pompom].
St David's Private School was in Gronant Road and Vale View Private School was in Meliden Road [uniform: brown and pale blue].
Prestatyn High School in Princes Ave, was known formerly as Clawdd Offa. The primary school in Ffordd Penrhwylfa is now known as Clawdd Offa Junior School.
School Photograph circa 1913.
The young man on the extreme right of the back row (next to the headmaster) is Harry Griffiths, the father of Moira one of the contributors to this book.
These are the remains of the Roman Baths at the bottom of Melyd Avenue.
On the next page you will find a video which explains the layout of the baths and their significance to the Roman legions based in the area.
In 1913 Eryl Griffiths was presented with this silver cup by Mr T Pennant Williams, Chairman of Prestatyn UDC, for being the first baby to be born in Prestatyn under Lloyd George's Insurance Act.
You can see Eryl in the photograph on the next page - Eryl is on the extreme right
Photograph taken at Sandy Lane Farm, now the Gwelfryn Estate.
It was previously known as Willow Cottage (an old Welsh Long Cottage) and The Retreat, a gentlemen's club.
Penisadre Farm was a mid/late 16th-century hall house constructed of rubble, with an added 17th-century wing, formerly stood at the northern end of the High Street, but was demolished and a shopping centre built on its site. When the house was first built, only a strip of marsh and sand stood between it and the sea.
The race track in it's time has been the venue for speedway, motor cycling, trotting and briefly, even greyhound racing.
It ultimately became Prestatyn Sands Holiday Village. The photographs show the trotting track that was ultimately used as access to chalets.
The young man is Stuart O'Hara, grandson of the owner. The owner was J.S. Jones, a Rhyl man, who took a great interest in the racing and started Saunders Stud.
The driver is Clem Dodd from Manchester. The horses were Perilous Pear, Gay Tartan and Smart Pace.
The races were started by driving a pink Cadillac in front of the horses! Has anyone got a photograph?
Many thanks to Trixie who provided the photographs. She can be heard on the next page talking about her experience of working at the Trotting Track.
49 years ago Holiday on the Buses (based on the hit ITV series) was filmed at Pontins Holiday Camp and surrounding areas. In 2004 Stephen Lewis who played the bus inspector Blakey ("I 'ate you Butler") visited to unveil a commemorative plaque.
A 50th anniversary celebration is planned for 2023.
The filming of Holiday on the Buses took place not just in Pontins but also in various locations, including Dyserth.
A contributor to this book, Cynthia (the blonde woman in the colour photos) was an extra in the film and has kindly shared some of her personal photographs as well as stills from the film.
The son of John Herbert Prescott, a railway signalman and Labour councillor, and Phyllis, and the grandson of a miner, John Leslie Prescott was born in Chatsworth House , on 31 May 1938.
Although he left Wales in 1942 at the age of four in 2009, he said: "I've always felt very proud of Wales and being Welsh...I was born in Wales, went to school in Wales and my mother was Welsh. I'm Welsh. It's my place of birth, my country."
He went on in 1997 to become Labour Deputy Chairman the head of the newly created Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Carol Vorderman (Mathematician, author and T.V. presenter) was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire the youngest of three children of Dutch father Anton Vorderman and a Welsh mother, Edwina Jean Davies.
Her parents separated three weeks after her birth, and her mother took the family back to her home town of Prestatyn, where Vorderman and her siblings, Anton and Trixie, grew up in a one-parent household.
The photograph shows her in The Deli on the Hill, on Prestatyn High Street.
Cummins was born Augusta Margaret Diane Fuller in Prestatyn in 1925. Her Irish parents were visiting there when a storm kept them from returning to their home in Dublin.
She appeared in many films including starring with Dana Andrews in 'Night of the Demon' in 1957.
Sir Huw Wheldon was a children's TV presenter in the 50s and 60s.
Sir Huw and his family lived on Pendre Avenue.
Mike Peters, lead singer with The Alarm, although brought up in Rhyl, was born in Prestatyn and the group played their first gig at the Victoria Hotel.
On the next page you will find a 30 minute video where Mike talks about influences on his music and also his approach to the challenges of his diagnosis of cancer.
Neil Aspinall was a British music industry executive. A school friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison he went on to head the Beatles company Apple Corps.
The Beatles employed Aspinall first as their road manager, which included driving his old Commer van to and from shows, both day and night.
He was born in Prestatyn, after his mother had been evacuated from the family home in Liverpool because of the air raids during the Second World War while his father was away at sea with the Royal Navy.
John Davies (previously an English teacher at Prestatyn High School) is a published poet who also began wood carving in 1977 after a year teaching in Michigan, where he learnt about the region’s 'decoy' tradition. During further visits, Davies worked with carvers in Washington and Utah.
He lives near an estuary in Prestatyn, and is particularly interested in shore birds. Much of the driftwood that provides the perches for his carvings comes from the Clwyd and Conway estuaries.
Davies’ partner, Marilyn Davies, produces of the painting of the carvings.
Brian Epstein signed this contract (reluctantly) which agreed to an appearance fee of £30. This fee paid for up to 2.5 hours of performance over two separate sessions.
Few people will know that in 1939 Brian was living with his mother in Prestatyn (No.11 Queensway ?). The family were able to afford to employ domestic help (possibly called Alma Johnson).
Later in the war the family moved to Southport
The Rolling Stones played at the Royal Lido Ballroom in Prestatyn, on 31 August 1963
This photograph shows the very first wedding reception that took place at the newly opened Royal Lido.
It took place 24th September 1960. Please note that the bride had a 24" waist!
If you walk along the promenade between the Nova and the Festival Gardens during the twilight hours you might see a tall figure dressed in white.
On the next page you will find a video telling you a lot more about the White Lady of Prestatyn.
This statue was originally located in the Precinct but was moved to a location facing the bus station. The sculptor was artist and designer Norman Makinson. He was probably best known for his Festival of Britain commemorative mug. His striking design for Wedgwood’s classic 1951 Queen’s Ware mug captured the spirit of the age. An inspiring teacher, who taught at North Wales College of Art from 1956 to 1981, Norman influenced a whole generation of art students.
For over 50 years he also produced individual ceramic sculptures from his studio in Denbigh that were exhibited and sold through galleries across the UK.
These 3 postcards show scenes of Prestatyn including from Bishop Wood's, Tower Beach Holiday Camp (known as the chalet village by the sea) and, perhaps most interestingly of all, Gronant Road during the snow storm of 1908.
After a particularly heavy snowstorm there were records of 8 feet deep drifts in some places in the town.
Rose Queen Joyce taken on Fforddisa Bridge, June 1951.
Left to Right: Pat Owen, Joyce Furber, Moira Griffiths (?), John Davies (?) Ingrid German (1st little girl in bonnet?)
One of the judges for this competition was Mrs May Halliday who ran a children's choir called Prestatyn Sunshine Corner. The choir appeared at the Galleon Theatre at the Ffrith.
One of the first Morris dancers.
Prestatyn carnival in 1964 had a visit from a distinguished overseas royal guest, namely Maharajah Fakeem, who was in fact a member of the Carnival Committee in disguise
Derek Nimmo presented a seat to the Hillside Shelter in memory of Mrs Mason of Marine Road who took him in as an evacuee during the Second World War.
When Prestatyn Cricket Club held its centenary celebrations in 1995 many famous peoples sent their best wishes : Jeremy Paxman, Colin Cowdrey, Sue Barker, Patrick Moore, Barry Norman, Dennis Amid and Derek Nimmo.
In his letter he referred to his warm memory of the town and his various trips here which are mentioned in other pages in this book
Other contributors had happy memories of the coffee bar including the magic of fairy lights in the trees in the gardens.
Moira remembers " We ran a Sunday evening music club in the upstairs room. The room was kitted out with the latest stereophonic sound system.(charge 1/-).
All the top records were played to the teenagers who jived to the latest sounds. Artists included: The Everley Brothers, Little Richard, Paul Anka, Buddy Holly. Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Connie Francis, The Platters, Chuck Berry, etc.
Less happy were recollections of visits by 'gangs' of mods and rockers in the 60s.
The Panshee restaurant is now on the site of the coffee bar on the corner opposite the Victoria Hotel and the Railway station.
Tim Williams tells about the beginnings of the annual Flower Show was established by his wife Ann:
"Prestatyn shopkeepers decided in mid 1990 to establish an annual Flower Show. My Granny had taken me to a fete in the Vicarage Gardens when I was a child and I had memories of the dappled sunshine and a tea tent which had left quite an impression on me.
The Vicar Clive Southerton and his wife Marion liked the idea of 'hosting' the flower show and offered their help, enthusiastically inviting us back for many years."
More about the Flower show from Tim Williams:
" We enrolled the help of the ATC and Prestatyn Horticultural Society. Ann Jones from MANWEB offered to run the tea tent and provide the all important homemade cakes. The Hotfoot Jazzmen and the ever popular Rhyl Silver Band together with a Punch & Judy Show completed the entertainment.
"We suddenly realised we needed exhibits for our exhibition marquee and were delighted when on the first day the folks of Prestatyn did us proud and have continued to do so. One lady caused quite a stir - she was spotted pushing a wheelbarrow down the High Street resplendent with a beautiful standard Fuchsia. Another exhibitor arrived in an open top sports car with an enormous Cana.
Peter Large volunteered to conduct an auction of donated exhibits and continued to do so for the 25 years of the show.
We are very proud of what has become a lovely event for Prestatyn assisted by many hard working committee members.
Thousands of people over the years have joined my wife Ann and me, enjoying a cup of tea and homemade cake in the dappled sunshine. I wish my Granny could have seen it."
Tim Williams tells us about the start of the Classic Motor Show:
" It was decided as a way of celebrating the Millennium to establish an annual Classic Car Show. Over the 20 years that the show has taken place and expanded things have changed.
Over time it has evolved from cars parading through the town to a Soap Box Derby down the hill behind the Vicarage.
It was not just the unusual cars that took part and stole the show but more often the popular cars of their era evoking memories of times that people had shared with similar vehicles."
Prestatyn's neighbour has traditionally been known as Sunny Rhyl but, after seeing an advertising poster, Philip Larkin (England's famous Post War poet) also referred to Sunny Prestatyn. If you read the words of the first verse this might be the poster.
"Come to Sunny Prestatyn
Laughed the girl on the poster,
Kneeling on the sand
In tautened white satin,
Behind her, a hunk of coast, a
Hotel with palms
Seemed to expand from her thighs and
Spread breast-lifting arms."
The next two verses are even more more risque!
Last edition of the Prestatyn Weekly. The editor was Gladys Parnell and the offices were in Kings Ave,
Do you remember these carrier bags?
Albert Gubay the founder/owner of Kwik Save was born in Rhyl. He founded Value Foods in May1959 in Prestatyn although he rented the first retail shop in Rhyl in July 1959. His aggressive price cutting resulted in some manufacturers refusing to supply him.
The first Kwik Save Discount branded store opened in Prestatyn in 1965.
Do you remember the independent bookshop at the top of the High Street? It had a dedicated children's section that introduced many younger residents to the joys of reading.
On his retirement the owner, Vic Hallett, ran a regular Film Quiz in the café at The Scala.
Do you remember The Cartwheel that sold quality china?
It was located at the top of the High Street. It was previously a shoe mender's and there was a wool shop, The Spinning Wheel, next door but one. Immediately to the left was Compton House which became the Bonne Aime (it is now Detour).
Compton House moved across the road to larger premises.
It was believed, by the owner Ann, that the shop was haunted!
This photograph shows the remnants of the stone arch from Ty Plas after demolition and before they were passed on for rebuilding in the Jolly Nights bar at Ty Mawr caravan camp.
The builders immortalised his son by placing his name, Chris, on the side of the digger.
Trinity Church can be seen in the background.
The photograph shows Ann R (owner of The Cartwheel) when she was owner of Young Trend (formerly F&D Young's Haberdashers)
She won the Norman Stewart Cup for the best small shop Xmas window display sometime during the 1960's.
Norman Stewart was the editor of North Wales Press. In his time he was also been Mayor of Prestatyn and a member of Prestatyn Chamber of Trade.
Did you know that Prince Charles visited Prestatyn on the way to his Investiture at Caernarvon Castle?
The photograph shows Mrs Ann Young (owner of The Cartwheel) being introduced. This took place at the Trotting Course.
One Boris met another Boris!
This sweet shop was run by Ken, and then Gerald, Radcliffe until it was sold in 1988. It closed in 2000.
There were very clear memories in the group of the giant Easter egg that was displayed in the window every year. Happy days!
On the right hand corner of the High Street (where Bar 236 is currently) was the Savoy Café.
The Café advertised itself as 'the most luxurious café in Wales' . There was a small dance floor for 'tea dances'
The same block has also housed Reginald's Hairdressers with Sinatra's Night Club above.
Anne S recalled that when she established the first Weight Watchers in Prestatyn she hired Sinatra's as the only available, suitable premises.
Two of the waitresses in the Savoy were identical twins Doris and Dilys Parry (nicknamed Cosy Rosie and Cushy Lil).
Moira remembered being served by them and recalls their black dresses, white lace aprons and caps.
Prestatyn business people are very ingenious. Three of our cafés were previously banks.
In the Tudor House the safe room is now the loos and you can securely eat your tea and cakes in the safe room in Tu Mundo.
This dish celebrates the world's largest jelly record.
Canon Clive Southern successfully set two new world records in his 2002 campaign to raise money for seven local charities. He organised a Bank Holiday extravaganza as part of his £50,000 fundraising effort.
Canon Southern, vicar of Prestatyn wanted to break several world records but he said they did not succeed in every task.
"We made the world's largest jelly and we set a record for the world's largest bara brith at 14 yards.
"We didn't break the Mexican wave record or the world's largest street party.
"However, we did abseil the height of Snowdon and set a new record for the world's longest hokey-cokey."
This cup was spotted in an antique shop in Machynlleth.
Lyn P, a member of our group, bought it and subsequently found out that it was from the first Prestatyn Eisteddfod in 1907.
The winner was W.H. Williams but there is no indication for what it was awarded!
These pictures are of Snowden View it was in the High Street. It was sited where the Chynna Garden restaurant now is.
It was Trixie's great grandfather, Daniel Davies, who had the butcher's shop.
Pictures of Llys Farm.
Inside and outside Llys Farm
Pictures of Trixie's grandfather with her Aunty Dilys (Price) at a sheepdog trail
Aunty Dilys picking fruit in the orchard and Trixie's grandmother feeding the chickens.
The picture shows the remnants of a tree stump spotted by Ann R on Prestatyn Beach.
It is believed that there was once a submarine forest with upwards of 43 stumps of trees which were counted in 1907 by W.Watson, (author of "The Battle of Land and Sea") within a short distance of the low water mark.
Prestatyn lies at the northern tip of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It is, of course, a destination for walkers because it's at the start of the Offa's Dyke National Trail which runs from the monument by the Nova, up the High Street and on all the way to Chepstow.
The Prestos seaside stage show, an essential part of a seaside holiday in Prestatyn in the 1930s with their comedy sketches, happy sing-alongs and prize competitions.
The Prestos Pierrots performed on Central Beach.
This beautiful wood is to the rear of the Coed Bell Cemetery and the Woodland Burial site.
Further up the hill is the Telegraph Station which used to relay from the Great Orme lighthouse and onto Liverpool.
This fancy dress event took place at the Nova in the 70s. The little girl on the the extreme right is Jane (daughter of Cynthia that you will be able to spot on other pages in this book). Her costume was made out of a bathroom curtain!
This is the Trefoil Singers. The conductor was Anne Davies and the pianist, Richard Ablett. The top photograph is in Christ Church, Prestatyn.
The choir changed it's name to Trefoel to avoid confusion with Trefoil, the guiding organisation.
The choir moved to Ffyyngroew and has now wound up.
This choir was made up of Welsh learners and this photograph was taken in Bodewyddan Castle. They are dressed in traditional "downstairs" Victorian costumes.
Moira one of our group can be seen third from the right.
These youngsters from Prestatyn and Rhyl Schools were lucky enough to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Moira, from our group, is marked with a cross in the front row.
Pictured in all three of these photographs is Laura Evans. In the top one she can be seen (second from right) with work colleagues from the gas works . They were the chemical warfare decontamination squad around 1940. In the lower left hand picture she is first on left in back row.
The final picture shows her at the back of the Palladium Cinema in 1925 dressed as Britannia.
Laura now lives next door to one of our group, Moira.
Happy boys and girls with their headmaster and class teacher.
....and here are the boys and girls the next year.
To the left is a photograph of the Mayor (from the 60's) at a Penmorfa PTA Fun Day.
To the right is a photograph of Andrew in his Penmorfa School uniform.
Andrew is now a senior officer in the Canadian Air Force.
Children and adults from Penmorfa PTA contributing to the fun.
If you look very closely at the top photograph of the Penmorfa PTA you might be able to spot that the maids are in fact men - who went on to roller skate down the High Street!
The bottom photograph of the charwoman is someone well known to many residents of Prestatyn and Dyserth!
Fun with the 2nd Prestatyn Brownies even in the rain! They also make a very effective pirate ship.
In earlier days behind the Pendre Coffee Shop, in Fern Avenue was the Prestatyn Abattoir (mentioned by Trixie in her audio about Llys Farm).
Go into the Fern Avenue car park and look to the rear of, what was, the coffee shop and you will see the building which was the abattoir.
Did you ever get any gates from Gibbs of Prestatyn located by the railway station. They now trade in Holywell as Gibbs Steel Fabricators.
Before it became the Patagonia Restaurant the corner of High Street and Kings Avenue was The Paragon ladies fashion store.
Before it was the Paragon the store was Jones' Gents Outfitters and if you look at the floor at the entrance to the restaurant you may be able to spot the names of Mr and Mrs Jones picked out in the tiles.
The Crispy Cod was previously the Coop Butchers, F & D Young's Haberdashers and Young Trend (owned by the Young's daughter Ann who went on to own the Cartwheel - you'll have seen her with her winning window display earlier in the Book).
Behind the Crispy Cod, where the hairdressers can now be found, were stables.
The County Garage was located on Meliden Road where you will now find the Pop In.
The entrance that now leads to Celtic Cars workshops were originally where the workshops for the County Garage were located.
Other businesses that could be found on Meliden Road were Hillcrest Bakery (where the Launderette is now). There was also MacDonald's Opticians, Longridge Café, Razzmatazz Hairdressers and Robert's the Butchers.
Some of you might just be able to recall the Health Food Shop that housed 'Thomas the Foot'!
This photograph shows Mrs Royale (the postmistress) and her grandsons outside the Post Office.
The house in the background was called Bon Abri (it later became the Pendyffryn Club).
The club and 2 semi detached houses were demolished to make way for the Aldi Store.
Do you remember the Royal Oak Stores run by Mr and Mrs Sprules? In the 40s it was known as Bob's Stores.
There was also Mason's Stores next door to Allits, John Williams (Grocers), Juddery's (Grocers) and Fawcetts (Furniture Store).
Opposite Frank Allitts there was a slipper factory that made moccasins.
Some of the group remembered a meat market and also Prestatyn Laundry.
This photograph shows Mr Heighway outside his shop which was across the road from the Hotel Victoria. His daughter Jean (who provided this photograph) was born at the store.
Linda M remembers working at the store with a Mrs Gatty. She also remembers working, as a summer job, at the Royal Oak Stores.
She has a clear recollection of the poster which outlined the new post - decimalisation coins/prices. Decimalisation Day was 14th February 1971.
Do you remember seeing the old Coopers Carriers vans?
It is said that the Hall was built by a rich man for his daughter as a honeymoon venue. Sadly the groom failed to materialise on the wedding day!
The bride to be went on to live in the Hall alone. Many years later it was sold and turned into a hotel.
Anyone know if this story is true or an urban myth?
Did you know that Prestatyn had its own St. Andrew's Society made up of Prestatyn residents identifying themselves as Scots? This Society met for a period of time at the Nant Hall.
The Air Training Cadets were a familiar sight in Prestatyn leading parades such as Remembrance Sundays, Civic Parades and Carnivals in the town and other pace in North Wales.
If you look at the earlier video of the 2016 Carnival you will be able to catch a glimpse of the squadron.
The photographs celebrate the Squadron receiving the Morris Trophy as Runners Up for the 1993 Sir Alan Lees Trophy for the best performing Squadron in the UK.
They show: The band formed up ready for the marchpast in front of the Commandant of the ATC.
The marchpast and salute led by the late Flight Lieutenant Mike Cotton, RAFVR(T) Commanding Officer No. 2193 (Prestatyn) ATC.
The Morris Trophy being received by Flt Lt Mike Cotton.
The Morris Trophy being handed to Cadets together with Flt Lt Cotton and the late Bandmaster Flt Lt Alan Lord.
All the photographs are copyright of Ian Davies Photography, 39 Purbeck Ave., Prestatyn.
The photographs show the official opening of the Community Centre on 19th July 2002, by Cllr Gerry Frobisher, Mayor of Prestatyn.
In the photograph of the interior can you spot Harry Thomas (local historian) and Canon Clive Southerton, Vicar at Christ Church, Prestatyn?
This is the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Ty Nant Square on 5th December 2002.
This book could not have been delivered without the enthusiastic contributions from :
Tim & Ann W.
We also offer our grateful thanks for the works of Harry Thomas, local historian and author and photographer Ian Grant.