Swimming in the Dingle, Nant Y Pandy
by Gordon Weare
(Otago, New Zealand)
Me and the Police in Midwest USA
Who needed a beach, when we could spend all summer swimming in the Cefni river in the Dingle.
A local garage would give us inner tubes and a gang of us boys and girls, would spend many hours swimming in the river, these river parts had names, Llyn Pwmp was No1. Spwnin' just a bit further up.. and a bit close to the railway. the railway had trains on it then - steam trains.
We swam nude and had the sun to dry us. Horseflies could sure bite. I recall plenty of trout and millions of eels! and the great dread, adder snakes, seen often swimming across the river, oily off the rail.
'The Tanks' was a great swim took, vandals kept throwing glass into it, and eventually they kicked in the brickwork.
I even had a Winter swim! Cracking the ice, never again, until I did an Arctic Survival Course in much later years.
We used to sing a lot, 'House of the Rising Sun'
by The Animals was a winnner.
I've lived in New Zealand now some 35 years, and been around the globe before that. I grew up in Pencraig, Llangefni. It just bare land then, and housing areas began to spread rapidly.
I climbed the ivy on the old mill on Y Graig (The Rock). Long Summers, good gang of friends and a painful school life. But what warm memories.
As I get older the echoes get louder. There are things I miss, and always will. However, life has been very good to me and I am very fortunate and appreciative.
Best Wishes to all friends in and from Llangefni
Gordon Weare (ex 'Terrible Twin') from 17 Pencraig; near the Theater Fach.
Make Your Anglesey Holidays Really Special
Anglesey Hidden Gem and Appalling Lies & Inspiring Missives
Create more wonderful memories and experiences for you and your family and friends when you visit Anglesey.
Anglesey Hidden Gem
It is a simple and obvious thing to say, that any view or place is improved significantly when you have stories and knowledge attached to what you are viewing.
May I therefore invite you to have a look at my book ‘Anglesey Hidden Gem’.
This book is full of the known and unexpected places off the beaten path you might wish to visit and offers you stories that will bring to life the distant and recent past.
Please click on the image above for more information.
By the way, Anglesey Hidden Gem is currently part of my Easter Book Sale with greatly reduced prices for this week.
‘Appalling Lies & Inspiring Missives from Anglesey'
You may also like to learn of who we are on Anglesey, of our history, character and especially our humour.
In ‘Appalling Lies & Inspiring Missives from Anglesey’ I offer you the opportunity to learn about us.
It is available in both Kindle and Paperback versions.
Also part of my Easter Book Sale with greatly reduced prices for this week.