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..... NEXT - A Trip round the Marine Drive

What a wonderful day, Easter Sunday April 16th 2006, forcasters had promised little better than cloud and rain for that day in Llandudno, but they couldn't have been more wrong.  Sunshine from mid-morning till early evening.  Not a hot day, but what a glorious day. 

The promenade was thronged with folk, happy folk, young and old. The youngest being pushed in their prams by their mums and their dads. Some of the eldest and the infirm being pushed in wheelchairs by careing souls only a little younger or less infirm. Carefree children skipping, jumping, running. Carefree parents ambling, chatting, just loving the freedom of the finest promenade in Wales.  Thousands of folk as far as the eye could see.

Yet also, children and their mums watching Punch and Judy just like we did.

Folk going to sea in little ships.

Folk taking a carefree drive in a vintage coach on the Marine Drive.

Others walking
around the Great Orme.

By early afternoon I was climbing 'Camera Hill' to capture the views for the first time this year.  A Camera Obscura first stood on this spot in 1860 when Leo Williams at the age of 18 built the first of several octagonal dark rooms all to the same design and on the same site. I still remember my first visit in the 1950's,  The latest rebuilt recently to celebrate the Millennium is open daily weather permitting.  This is Victorian-style optics from the time before the pocket camera and Llandudno is one of just seven such instruments remaining in the kingdom.  The Town Trail marker stands along side.

Llandudno Bay viewed from above the Grand Hotel.

Higher Still - Pen Dinas, high above the Happy Valley, are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort.

Relaxation on the putting green.
Relax at Llandudno in spring, summer, autumn and even winter.

Happy Valley, fine views and happy people

Above the cafe, modern technology remains idle.

The Winner - Llandudno Pier - Voted National Pier of the Year - 2005
‘It zooms out of the sea ….  in a spectacular Indian Gothic style
rather like a Maharajah's palace floating on a lake.'

All Photographs above taken Easter Sunday, April 16th 2006 by Noel Walley

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