History

Divorce came through in the nick of time for couple still in love after more than 50 years

ABSENCE will not stop love burning brightly this Valentine’s Day for a Wrexham couple whose wedding hung in the balance – waiting for divorce papers to come through. The nuptials in 1969 were mired in difficulties from the word go because church regulations prevented Anne and Frank Thomas from tying the knot at their desired […]

Ex-nurse Hilda, 103, gets Covid jab a century after living through Spanish Flu

A remarkable 103-year-old ex-nurse who lived through the devastating Spanish flu a century ago has now received her Covid vaccine Great-grandmother Hilda Richards, who cared for soldiers injured in the 1940 Battle of Dunkirk, is still going strong, having lived for the past year at Pendine Park’s Gwern Alyn Care Home. Hilda was given the […]

Remarkable globe-trotting ex-nurse Hilda who cared for injured Dunkirk soldiers celebrates her 103rd birthday

A remarkable globe-trotting former nurse who cared for soldiers injured in the 1940 Battle of Dunkirk is preparing to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Travel pioneer Hilda Richards enjoyed regular coach trips until last year when had a wonderful time on unaccompanied holidays to Llandudno and Eastbourne. Great great grandmother Hilda and her late husband Trevor […]

Royalty, pilgrims and slavery – mapping the stately homes of North East Wales

A 16th century Flintshire mansion owned by a descendant of Welsh royalty and once a budget hotel for medieval pilgrims is now part of a ground-breaking £250,000 project to trace over 400 years of the history of North East Wales. A team led by experts from Bangor University is to chart the development of four […]

Gresford Colliery disaster survivor Albert celebrates 100th birthday

The son of one of the 266 miners killed in a major disaster at the colliery where they both worked has celebrated his 100th birthday with a socially distanced party at the care home where he now lives. Albert Rowlands was a 14-year-old lamp boy at Gresford Colliery when his father was among those who […]

What lies beneath – university’s seabed survey pinpoints historic wreck

The last resting place of a historic Anglesey-built fast sea raiding vessel featured in a 1951 British film has been pinpointed by sonar in a new survey by experts from Bangor University. The revolutionary MTB – motor torpedo boat – 539 was designed and built on the Menai Straits 75 years ago to rocket along […]

Spectacular poppy display to mark VE Day 75th anniversary

Artistic care home residents have created a spectacular display to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They have made a giant number 75 – five feet high and six  feet across – adorned with bright red poppies which will form the centrepiece of the celebrations at the locked down Pendine Park care organisation in […]

Tasty £1m investment creates 30 jobs in Wrexham

Two businessmen are investing £1 million to open an Italian restaurant and a gastro pub which will create around 30 new jobs in Wrexham. Brothers-in-law John Blaney and Carl Burleigh are breathing new life into the former Barclays Bank premises in High Street that’s lain empty for 10 years. Both men have many years’ experience […]

Family links with Italian PoW inspires new novel

A lifetime link between her family and a former Italian prisoner of war has inspired a new novel by award winning Bala author Siân Melangell Dafydd. She drew inspiration for the book, Filò, from her family’s real-life experience in World War Two when an Italian Prisoner of War (PoW) was assigned to work on their […]