Former TV Gladiator ‘Jet’ to open new part of Abergele’s Spire

A former TV Gladiator is taking on a new challenge in Abergele. Diane Youdale, best known for her role as Jet in the hit television series Gladiators, will officially open the new Cosmetic Suite of Spire North Wales private hospital in Abergele on Saturday, 18 April 2015.

The expansion will enable Spire to introduce a number of new services, including non-surgical cosmetic and beauty treatments, acupuncture, sports massage, pilates, yoga and chiropody.

After Diane left Gladiators, she qualified as a psychotherapist and Pilates instructor. She said: “I’m so looking forward to working with patients and particularly helping tackle childhood obesity. It’s all about introducing exercise and improving the health and well-being of young people.”

Psychotherapist Diane Youdale (Jet) R  with Manager Andrea Carri L

Psychotherapist Diane Youdale (Jet) R with Manager Andrea Carri L

Source: Ceidiog PR.

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Bee Hotel, Abergele

 

Bee Hotel Abergele. Photo taken 2012/13 by Abergele photographer Sion Jones

Bee Hotel Abergele. Photo taken 2012/13 by Abergele photographer Sion Jones

Bee Hotel, Gwesty’r Bee, Abergele

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Tower Hill picnic

Easter has traditionally been a time when Abergelites head with a picnic up Tower Hill. Here’s an old postcard showing how one of our favourite landmarks used to look.

Tower Hill

Tower Hill

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Abergele after that hot summer of 1976

Even though it was October, the grass was still quite yellow when Dennis Parr took this photo of Abergele in 1976. We’d just sweated through a really hot droughty summer. You can see the corrugated iron roofs of the Market in the photo and a few fields which have now been built upon.

I wonder if we’ll have a summer like 1976 again soon…?

Dennis Parr's photo of Abergele October 1976

Dennis Parr’s photo of Abergele October 1976

 

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American Abergelite seeks info about Albert Roberts

Siân Roberts has written to ask for AbergelePost.com readers’ help:

“I’m Americian-born with a strong Abergele connection, my Father moved from there in 1968 to the US. I’m hoping to find out more information about my Taid Albert Roberts, died perhaps 1960? My father refers to his Roberts grandparents are Nain and Taid Pensarn….Might these folks be related to Roberts’ that are the topic above?

“His mother’s maiden name was Wynne-Jones, and he called her parents Nian and Taid Cadau, short for the name of the family farm south of Abergele called Cadau Mawr. I’m curious to know if my Nian (Jane Roberts, nee Wynne-Jones, died Nov. 1993) might have been related to Edward Irwine Wynne-Jones, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WWI, and if so how.

“Any help would be tremendously helpful, it’s been twenty-five years since I’ve been back, and sadly I don’t think I’m going to be able to come check the records myself any time soon.”

Sian posted her comment here, so feel free to reply to her comment if you have any useful information.

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Easily-forgotten features of Abergele Market Street 1961

I wanted to highlight a few elements of the fantastic photo of a 1961 parade in Abergele Market Street by Dennis Parr (see the full original photo here).

 


 
First of all is the Parr’s shop sign above Parr’s the toyshop in the early 60s. I love this logo:

 

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Secondly, do you remember the vending machines outside the shop? You could buy fresh milk as well as chocolate bars and Beech Nut chewing gum:

 

1961-vending


 

Next, do you remember when we used to rent our television sets instead of buying them? Here’s the Telehire TV rental shop, as it used to be called before it was Rediffusion:

 
1961-telehire
 


Finally, we’ve already shared Dennis Parr’s photo of the cafe above his toyshop, but how many of you remember the cafe above Wade’s?

 

 

1961-cafeabovewades

 


When you look closely enough at old photos like this it’s surprising how many memories it brings back.

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Abergele football team 1919

Abergele football team1919

Abergele football team1919

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Rare picture of Crown St, Abergele.

Rare picture of Crown St, Abergele

Rare picture of Crown St, Abergele

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Remember Jacksons shop – corner Jenkin St and Rhuddlan Rd ?

Jacksons-shop

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Parade along Market Street 1961. Photo by Dennis Parr.

1961 parade in Abergele Market Street. Photo by Dennis Parr.

1961 parade in Abergele Market Street. Photo by Dennis Parr.

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