History

Ex-Sunday school teacher Gertrude reaches 101 after avoiding cigarettes and alcohol

Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes were among the secrets of long life for a great-grandmother who has celebrated her 101st birthday. Former Sunday school teacher Gertrude Jones was born in 1917 when the First World War was still raging, when the Russian Revolution started and Albert Einstein published his first paper on Cosmology. She has been […]

90th birthday tribute to harp legend Osian Ellis

The life and work of a globally-renowned harpist who started playing again as he approached his 90th birthday will be celebrated at an international festival. The fourth Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon will be honouring the legendary Dr Osian Ellis CBE who collaborated with leading British composer Benjamin Britten and played on the madcap […]

Missing masterpiece at Soughton Hall – It’s a real Rubens after all

THE mystery of a missing masterpiece at a Downton Abbey-style historic hall has been solved…and turns out it’s a real Rubens potentially worth millions of pounds. The giant oil painting by the 17th century Flemish master that’s entitled Triumph of Divine Love once adorned an entire wall in one of the grand first floor rooms […]

War hero Bill, 93, unveils spectacular weeping wall of poppies at care home

A 93-year old World War Two hero unveiled a weeping wall of poppies created by care home residents to honour the fallen. The 1,500 poppies have gone on display at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham ahead of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. The work of art now hangs from an upper window of […]

Historic memorabilia of two Anglesey air aces is handed over to museum

Historic memorabilia from the home of a pioneer aviator has been donated to the island of Anglesey where he took off from on his most famous flight and where he lived for over 30 years. And detective work by the Isle of Anglesey Council’s Archives Department has revealed that while some of the material belonged […]

Bakery queen Denise is a “superstar”

A grandmother of eight has been honoured after celebrating 25 years at a leading bakery. Bosses at the family-run Village Bakery paid tribute to Denise Matthews, 62, and described her as one of their “superstars”. The mum-of-four is a popular member of the team in the pie room at their bakery in Minera. Her time at […]

The Roads of Castles in Wonderland lead to prosperity for North Wales

Plans have been unveiled for a brand new tourism route created especially for the increasing number of Japanese visitors fuelling the tourism boom in North Wales. The Roads of Castles in Wonderland initiative was revealed by Jim Jones, the managing director of North Wales Tourism, who said the region was now a big hit with visitors from the Land of the Rising […]

Boys’ choir prepares for moving tribute to iconic poet Hedd Wyn

A boys’ choir will be performing at a moving ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of iconic Welsh poet Hedd Wyn – with the help of cash seized from criminals. Among the members of Only Boys Aloud, which is run by the Aloud charity are singing at the Menin Gate in Ypres in […]

Former ‘Downton Abbey’ housemaid toasts good health thanks to revolutionary treatment

A great-grandmother who once worked as a housemaid at the ‘real’ Downton Abbey has praised the doctor who gave her back her life following pioneering gynaecological treatment. Shirley Green, 72, was one of the first women in Wales and the North West to undergo the revolutionary ‘Juliet’ procedure at Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham to […]

Care home residents create weeping wall of 1,500 poppies

Residents at a care home are creating their own weeping wall of poppies to honour the fallen. The 1,500 poppies will go on display at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham ahead of Armistice Day on November 11. The spectacular tribute will be draped from one the upper windows of the Penybryn care home and […]