This picture brought back some happy memories.
For many years, Dafydd Timothy ran the Siop y Morfa Welsh bookshop in the High Street in Rhyl. As is almost inevitable he has now moved his shop online – I can thoroughly recommend it!.
Dafydd, after a little initial scepticism, proved a great friend in promoting the books and I was invited back for book signings on a regular basis.
This was the event in 2009 for the publication of Beyond the Reso, when we were joined by Ann Jones, the Welsh Assembly Member. Ann had been in Ysgol Emmanuel Primary School with me.
I really enjoyed the book signings as they put me in contact with school friends I had not seen for years. This included my old neighbour Iris, who I did not recognise initially as she seemed too young!
It was Iris who tried to teach me how to dance the Twist in our stockinged feet on the parquet pattern linoleum that we all seemed to have in those days. Like my mum, Mrs Watkins was a dab hand at polishing the linoleum in her front room, which made the damage to my thighs and knees almost bearable as we skid across the makeshift dance floor. We seemed to dance for several hours to Chubby Checker booming out from the Dansette before Iris, quite rightly, came to the conclusion that I was a hopeless case on the dance floor and asked me to leave! Happy days!