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This week's photographs from the Chronicle archives depict a genteel period of time.


Weather enthusiasts who remember the winter of 1963 will recall the severe cold.

The brave officers in the photograph inspecting a fleet of minis, would have been patrolling the streets of Flintshire during the Big Freeze of 1962-63 which lasted almost four months. Do you know the names of any of the officers?

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BRITISH Steel Corporation announced the end of steel making at its Shotton plant. Welsh Division managing director Peter Allen tells the workforce 6,300 jobs are to be phased out within a year.


HOLYWELL weightlifters dig deep into their own pockets to start a training facility at the King's Head Hotel Ballroom.

SICKNESS among Delyn Borough Council's 290 staff cost the authority £27,500 a year. Personnel chiefs say staff taking frequent short periods are the main problem.

CLWYD County Council pulls the plug on parents' DIY swimming pool at Gwernaffield Primary school. Spending cuts mean the council cannot finance the £30,000 needed to complete the half-finished pool.

ALYN and Deeside Council prepared to be swamped by applications from scores of its 5,000 tenants to buy their own homes under the newly-formed Thatcher Government's Right To Buy scheme.

SUN-SEEKERS who had booked holidays in North Wales should not cancel them because of the petrol shortage, advised West Flint MP Sir Anthony Meyer, pictured.


DINERS had to wait more than an hour for their meals when fire broke out in the kitchen of the Chequers Hotel at Northop Hall.

CIGARETTE-PUFFING district councillors turned ashen when Alyn and Deeside Health Committee agreed to ban smoking in the council chamber.

A BUNGALOW in Rhosesmor fetched £32,750 at an auction in Mold.

THE first meeting of the newly formed Leeswood Community Council was held.

Rhydymwyn is a village steeped in history.


Sadly the local school closed two years ago, and the railway station - which sat alongside the Mold to Denbigh line - met a similar fate in the early 1960s.

Another familiar landmark also disappeared several years ago.

The Sun Inn was demolished to make way for a small housing development.

On a brighter note, the village now has its very own nature reserve, on the site of a former munitions factory, and a small industrial estate.

Famous visitors in the past included composer Mendelssohn, who stayed at Coed Du on the edge of Rhydymwyn.

A STUNNING sculpture depicting Flintshire's mining heritage will take pride of place along the All Wales Coastal Path.


The new path passes the former Bettisfield Colliery site on Bagillt Cob.

Recently completed signage work prompted Flintshire County Council's senior coastal ranger Mike Taylor to look for ways to inspire locals walking along the route.

Creating a community perspective with positive perceptions is crucial says Mike.

He said: "I want to install locally made works of art which reflect something about the community and make us think of our surroundings.

A NEW carpet which transformed the Deeside Leisure Centre ice rink (pictured) into the biggest concert hall in the region was unrolled for the first time.


CLWYD Health Authority wanted the Government to make the wearing of seat belts compulsory.

FLINTSHIRE enjoyed a heat wave as temperatures soared to 77 degrees.

AN APPEAL to Clwyd's 60 social workers to drop their threatened industrial action was made by the county's social services committee.

A 178-acre farm in Cilcain was sold at auction for £280,000.

THE Government shocked Clwyd education chiefs by reducing the county's school building budget by £100,000.

THE stage is set for Buckley Jubilee on Tuesday, July 14.


Volunteers have put the finishing touches to the historic religious festival.

Crowds will gather on The Common for a united religious service at 3pm, which will be followed by the traditional parade of Sunday school floats through the town.

This fascinating photo of a past Jubilee celebration from the Chronicle archives in the 1970s captures the enduring appeal of the annual event.

THE historic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and canal have been recognised as Britain's newest world heritage site.


The structure, which dates back more than 200 years, joins famous landmarks, including the Acropolis the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef, on the Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) list.

The announcement followed a week of deliberation by officials in Seville, Spain.

It will be a significant boost for the visitor industry in Wales.

Pontcysyllte was built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1805. It is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.

The bid for World Heritage Site status was led by Wrexham County Borough Council in conjunction with British Waterways and partner organisations.

Dr Dawn Roberts, economic development manager for Wrexham council, said: "We are absolutely over the moon. We have been working on this for so long and it means so much to those of us that are from this area.

A WREXHAM historian has urged enthusiasts of the past to dust off their archives and delve into their family background this summer.

Glyndr University history lecturer Peter Bolton is to lead a number of three-day courses on the techniques of researching family and community history this month at the Wrexham campus.

He said factors such as the early release of details from the 1911 census meant there was never a better time to study family history as significant new information was available for budding researchers.

Mr Bolton said: "This will be just one of the areas we will be looking at during the courses.

"There has been an unprecedented growth in researching family history and this course will provide a stress free introduction to the latest resources and techniques."
So far, two separate dates have been confirmed for the free courses: July 6-8 and July 20-22.

THIS week we look at life in the spotlight.


In 1980, the talented Flint and District Operatic Society staged a fundraising show at Rhyl's Coliseum Theatre.

A photo of some of the stars recently came to light in the Chronicle archives.

The ladies, resplendent in top hats, are all ready for a stylish soft shoe shuffle.

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