Ilkeston Cam On Holiday In North Wales 2000

Part Ten - More From Llandudno

Victoria Elegance and Classic Cars

There are many facets to the attractions and entertainment in Llandudno - some are just fleeting while others are more permanent.

This impressive line up of MG cars is one of the fleeting but for one weekend each August, they make full use of the wide promenade as they assemble for the start of a stage in the Snowdonia Rally.

Enthusiasts from far and wide descend upon the town and even for the non-enthusiast the cars provide an interesting spectacle.

The promenade is also the venue for the Town Band where the musicians give regular open air concerts on The Bandstand.

The discerning shopper is well catered for with a range of local businesses and national chain stores, many of them sheltered from inclement weather by covered walkways or, as seen here (left) beneath the roof of the Victoria Arcade.

Right in the middle of town are several churches and chapels that really come into their own when the shops have closed, hosting many and varied musical events as well as their usual Sunday services.

St John's Methodist Church (above right ) in the main shopping centre extends a welcome at any time of day. The interior of St John's has been well and tastefully renovated and the ceiling provides an intriguing comparison with that of the Victoria Arcade.

Although seen empty in this photograph above, one of the abiding memories of our holiday in Wales is standing in the packed church and joining in a rousing rendition of Cwm Rhonda with the assembled congregation led by the Llanddulas Male Voice Choir. The rafters certainly rang that night. St John's is just one of a number of churches in Llandudno that plays host to choirs and other amateur groups for concerts throughout the summer season.

Although the town boasts a large Conference Centre and Theatre where professional acts grace the stage, these amateur concerts provide terrific entertainment almost every night of the week. Below the Llanddulas Choir are seen in concert in the Bethel Chapel. The choir is made up of local men but they have toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, America, the Far East and Australia and produce an exquisite sound.

Their founder, leader and pianist, J. Meirion Davies, joked they were looking forward to their next engagement abroad - Harrogate in Yorkshire!

So there is much to be enjoyed in Llandudno and North Wales from the modern amusements to wonderful scenery, musical highlights to historic sites. Ancient and modern in the form of the pier and a stone circle situated within sight of each other, illustrate the diversity in one image below.

And as the sun begins to set behind the Great Orme, this series of images below shows that amid the hustle and bustle of a busy seaside resort, there are still opportunities to savour a little peace and stillness and enjoy refreshment for both body and soul.

"Quarters" - Sky, Sea, Sand & Shingle

 "Evening Sky"
 "The Umbrellas"

 "Sunset Over The Great Orme"

Other parts in this series:
1- Llandudno & Llanrwst; 2 - Betwys-y-Coed; 3 - Bangor; 4 - Llyn Ogwen & Llanfair;
5 - Caernarfon & Blaenau Ffestiniog; 6 - Bodelwyddan & Rhos-On-Sea; 7 - Conwy Bridges & Smallest House;
8 - Conwy Quay & Town & 9 - The Great Orme.


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