Colwyn Bay Memories



The beautiful seaside town of Colwyn Bay is fortunate to have been the subject chosen by several local film-makers during the 20th Century. Thanks to their interest in the area, we are able to see for the first time a compilation of films which chart the ever changing face of this famous resort. Amongst the earliest recordings – from 1914 – we see racing cars speeding along the Promenade, from Old Colwyn. Five years on, and the town commemorates its War dead. As the camera pans the procession, we see views of the Streets and the Pier – including shots of the first Pier Pavilion, three years before it was burnt down. Into the 1920’s with a visit from the Prince of Wales, the opening of the new Post Office, and street scenes from both Old Colwyn and Colwyn Bay. Meanwhile, the heavy seas of 1926 brought storm damage to the Promenade. The 1930’s, and the second Pier Pavilion is razed to the ground by fire – see film taken the morning after. The summer of 1933 brought the opening of the Outdoor Swimming Pool at Rhos-on-Sea, with British Heavy-Weight Boxing Champion, Jack Peterson, enjoying the first swim. Marvel at unique never before seen film, shot in 1934 – showing many scenes of the town and its people: including the third Pier Pavilion, Show Girls dancing on the Prom as holiday-makers enjoy the sea and the beach, shots taken in Eirias Park capturing many attractions no longer in existence, and many street scenes, including some of the Trams which ran in the town until 1956. Watch the fashions change as decade upon decade of visitors revel in the attractions of Colwyn Bay. This unique and charming collection of films will appeal to locals and visitors alike