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.
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
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
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.
- Sky, Sea, Sand & Shingle