Happy Holidays in Church Bay 1957-1967
Church Bay Anglesey
My family spent our holidays at Church Bay
from 1957/1967. I have so many happy memories.
My parents had a tiny caravan which we put on Mr. Jones field. We were lucky enough to spend four weeks there each summer. When we first went we had to walk up the hill to get water from the well(the well is still there but now locked) then Mr Jones had a stand pipe put in his yard!
He kept 2 cows which he milked by hand. I remember helping him to bottle the milk and then he went off on his small round.
There were many families who went down every summer when we met up- the Taggerts from Liverpool
and a family from the Derby area who had 3 girls. The Wittaker family
had been going down long before we did, there were 2 sisters one was called Janet
I think the other one was Pam
I also remember Wally Needham
A crowd of us (as teenagers) would be on the beach and he would see us, then count us and go to the Wavecrest Cafe
and buy us all ice creams- what a gentleman.
We also had a bonfire on the beach one year(not allowed now). The cream cakes Mrs Williams made were out of this world...
Such happy memories I could go on and on. I now have a property in Moelfre but do not live there all the time, as does my sister Anne.
I regularly go down to Church Bay where if I close my eyes I can be ten to eighteen years of age once again.
I'll have to see Wally the next time he is in Holyhead and bring him into see all these wonderful stories about him posted here on Anglesey Hidden Gem.
Your story does not surprise me at all. Wally remains still a kind communitarian and looks as fit as a butchers dog and well tanned cycling along the road back to Rhydwyn.
You'll notice that the stories about Church Bay
far exceed those of any other each on my Anglesey website.
I wish I had a Tardis then I would back there in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
I hope that members of the families you mention above find their way to this website and get in touch.
My very best wishes to you and feel free to write again to share more stories.
Better still do you have any photos you could send me as attachments.