Happy Memories of the Rhyl May Day parade

My family were always happy spectators at the annual May Day Parade in Rhyl.  Others in my school were active participants in the parade and had parents desperately sowing sequins on the dresses of the May and Rose Queens and their retinue.

For me the highlights of the parade were the Fire Appliances, including the new Simon Schnorkel rescue ladder and the vehicles that came down from Kinmel Camp in Bodelwyddan, usually items such as a Green Goddess, some Bedford trucks and a Foden Heavy Towing Vehicle.

The day traditionally ended with an ice cream at Sidolis or, when the crowds had died down, a drink of squash and an iced bun in the Russell Café!

This parade was a little before my time but the essential ingredients remained the same…

Rhyl May Day 1920



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