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EASTER DAY -
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
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
open daily weather permitting. This is Victorian-style optics
the time before the pocket camera and Llandudno is one of just seven
remaining in the kingdom. The Town Trail marker stands along side. 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.
Folk going to sea in little ships.
Yet also, children and their mums watching Punch and Judy just
like we did.
Folk taking a carefree drive in a vintage coach on the Marine Drive.
Others walking around the Great Orme.
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 -
‘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
Sunday, April 16th 2006 by Noel