Colwyn Nostalgia: Memory Hour 1980s

June 27, 2020 - 1314 views

Welcome to a brand new series of programmes looking back at the memories made in the Bay of Colwyn and beyond in the Memory Hour.

Each week for three weeks, Pete Williams will revisit the decades from the 1960s to the 1980s remembering some of the events and history from our wonderful area.

Along with archive sounds, music and recollections from local people, we promise an hour of entertainment which is guaranteed to bring back good-time memories.

This week Pete looks back at the 1980s with memories of the sights and sounds from the Bay we may have forgotten about.

Do you remember seeing The Beat at the Dixie and the scores of Lambrettas and Vespas lining Station Road during the Bank Holidays in the town? Perhaps you were in the crowd that enjoyed the Radio 1 Roadshow in Eirias Park?

All of these stories from the people who were actually there. Plus Joann Rae remembers the late Terry Jones, Colwyn Bay's most famous son and a passionate supporter of the town.

Join us on a trip down memory lane and please share your recollections.

Once you've listened to our podcast you can also enjoy these 'extra' memory clips in full by clicking on the links below.

Memories of the Colwyn Bay scooter rally and 'Paddy Smith' badges

Terry Jones' family connections with Theatr Colwyn

Bayside are working on these special programmes with Imagine Colwyn Bay.

With the help of specially commissioned artists, creative resources and prompts are being developed to encourage reminiscence.

It has been identified that the number of people living with Dementia in the Bay of Colwyn area is almost double the Welsh average and as a result Conwy Culture Centre has initiated a project to update museum and archive handling / reminiscence collections. 12 collections are now available for individuals or groups to loan.

These collections are themed and linked to particular subjects and eras. Currently the collections cover through to the 1950’s and with your help the team are looking to create new collections from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

So we would like to find out what brings back memories of this time for you.

Over the next few weeks we are being active on Facebook on the Community Group pages of Facebook asking you what things you recall. You can also get in touch with us on the website and send us your stories and recollections from the various eras. Please send them to

Toys, household objects, TV adverts, music - the list is endless! Our memories are often multi-sensory so we want to know about the sights, sounds, the smells, textures and tastes that evoke memories of these eras.

So we have identified a need for collections that meet the needs of younger people also recognising the fact that reminiscence is enjoyable and healthy for all ages and that the timeframe is constantly moving.

Reminiscence is something for everyone but it is particularly powerful for people living with Dementia so these resources will be hugely valuable and made available to care homes, through NHS groups and community settings.