History

Spectacular Anglesey home of Welsh aviation pioneer goes under hammer

The spectacularly-sited Anglesey home of the aviation pioneer dubbed the Welsh Louis Bleriot is coming up for auction. One hundred and five years ago Captain Vivian Hewitt was the first man to fly across the Irish Sea, just three years after Frenchman Bleriot crossed The Channel. Years later, in 1930, he returned to Anglesey to […]

Colwyn Bay set to get into the swing with Forties Festival 

Two iconic planes from World War II will take centre stage in Colwyn Bay this weekend, as the town gets into the swing with its popular Forties Festival. The family-focused event on Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21 celebrates the town’s strategic war-time role in keeping Britain fed, when the Ministry of Food set […]

Golden jubilee is a moveable feast

A national women’s organisation that began in the Bala area will be celebrating its golden anniversary in style thanks to a trailer company. Merched y Wawr marks its 50th birthday this year and a series of exhibitions is planned to mark the event. But transporting the panels which form the exhibition around the country posed […]

Appeal for memorabilia of Colwyn’s crucial role in war time food supply

An appeal has been launched to find memorabilia for an exhibition about of the crucial role played by Colwyn Bay in keeping war-time Britain fed. The town became home to the Ministry of Food’s HQ in World War Two with its head, businessman Lord Woolton, setting up his office in Colwyn Bay Hotel on the […]

Parties at the double for centenarian Gertrude

A great-great-grandmother who worked as a volunteer at a hospice until she was 92 has celebrated a new milestone – her 100th birthday. Taking pride of place at the Pendine Park care organisation where she now lives was a birthday card from the Queen, along with cards from the UK government’s Secretary of States for […]

A High-society Edwardian wedding and 19th century family scandal uncovered at Soughton Hall

The great-grandson of the last people to live in a Downton Abbey-style mansion house revisited his family’s former home following an historical appeal from its new owners. Photos of an Edwardian high society wedding, pictures of an appeal court judge and a 19th century family scandal were just some of the treasures and stories uncovered […]

Chorus of approval for conductor Rob after millions of Playstation 4 hits

One of the UK’s most talented conductors has taken on a new choir – just weeks after working on the new Sony Playstation 4 advertisement watched by millions of fans. The University of Manchester has announced the appointment of Robert Guy as conductor of its Chorus and as a tutor of choral conducting in its […]

Law firm’s anniversary memorial to a great sporting all-rounder

The 70th anniversary of the death of a Wimbledon tennis champion, Olympic medallist and record-setting rugby star is being marked at the solicitor’s office in Llandudno where he practiced. James Cecil Parke is a forgotten name today but the remarkable Irishman was an early 20th century combination of Andy Murray and Brian O’Driscoll, an international […]

Pioneering project bridges the generation gap in Caernarfon

A pioneering craft project is helping bridge the generation gap between residents of a Caernarfon care home and a local primary school children. Pupils from Ysgol yr Hendre visited Bryn Seiont Newydd so they could work alongside the people living there to make tea cosies and tapestries. The project to celebrate the area’s links with […]