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Coming soon to Holyhead / Re: Market Hall - Open Doors Friday 29 September 2017
« Last post by that guy on Friday 08 December 2017, 1859 »
On a Saturday, Mam Bach would take us to Mrs Earls sweety stall in the corner for liquorice

There's a gondola end in Tesco for children that has pick and mix type sweets in stacked buckets, near the tills.  It really doesn't compare to a penny twist of sweets wrapped up in paper cone from Mrs Earls.

All the romance and mystery has gone from the world.
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Coming soon to Holyhead / Re: Market Hall - Open Doors Friday 29 September 2017
« Last post by Rascal on Friday 08 December 2017, 1221 »
On a Saturday, Mam Bach would take us to Mrs Earls sweety stall in the corner for liquorice
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Coming soon to Holyhead / Re: Market Hall - Open Doors Friday 29 September 2017
« Last post by that guy on Thursday 07 December 2017, 2119 »
A pleasure Reenie  :)

Late 80's my daughter was in a stroller type buggy with my wife who was buying her Christmas vegetables from Cefni Fruit in the Market.  My daughter filled my wife's pixie boots with sprouts unbeknownst to anyone.  We feasted on stolen sprouts like some dreadful Fagin's that Christmas!

We had many a wonderful item from Mr and Mrs Mundy both.  He seemed to have an eye for far eastern items, Chinese, Indian - or maybe that was just my tastes at the time!  Mrs Mundy originally had the market stall - jewelry, linens, clocks I think, while Mr. Mundy ran the shop in Cybi Street corner for the larger antiques.  His shop by the Empire was literally stuffed to the rafters with 'antiques'. 

Shops like that just don't exist anymore. :(
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Main discussion / Re: SS Apapa torpedoed by U96 28th. November 1917
« Last post by that guy on Thursday 07 December 2017, 1942 »
Hi Trefignath.  Good questions.  I wish I knew.  Still, I'm a sucker for making "educated" guesses.  Fair warning haha.

On reading the article it seems the bodies were washed ashore and buried all along the North Wales coast from Abergele, Colwyn Bay [Bron y Nant] to Bangor [Glanadda].  Some casualties were never identified and probably some never found.  I can find no record that anyone was buried at Holyhead.

The Imperial War Graves Commission wasn't formally established until late in 1917, I would have thought they would be very much involved, with 77 casualties this sinking was viewed with horror in a time of horrors.  Before then I suppose the local parish paid for burials if no relatives could be found.

Still it does look as if the various local parishes bore the costs, which could explain why the casualties weren't buried in the same place.

The S.S. Apapa was carrying cargo of silver and ivory.  There was some salvage carried out on her in the 1970's, but she must be classed as a war grave and I think they are [and rightly so] off limits.

Here is a picture of the gravestone in Colwyn Bay.  It reads:
“In memory of John Mackey, Leeds, Able Seaman also a man whose name is unknown they both perished through the sinking of the British Passenger Steam Ship ‘Apapa’ by a German Submarine on 28TH Nov 1917 their bodies were washed ashore at Rhos on Sea. They died for their country”

Do you have access to antique newspapers?  I wish I did.
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Main discussion / Re: SS Apapa torpedoed by U96 28th. November 1917
« Last post by Trefignath on Tuesday 05 December 2017, 1531 »
Thanks for posting this fascinating link.

Do you know (or can you guess) why so many of the victims were not buried locally? Maeshyfryd cemetary has several WW2 graves -- one of which I seem to recall for a pilot from Argentina.

Who met the costs of their internment?

Are you aware of local newspaper reports relating to this incident?
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Main discussion / SS Apapa torpedoed by U96 28th. November 1917
« Last post by that guy on Wednesday 29 November 2017, 0919 »
A great article and some wonderful pictures, brings home the tragedy of war and the bravery of our sailors.  It is unfair to pick on instance but this line leapt out at me:

"The captain remained on the bridge as she sank. He would surface and be rescued later."

I guess at the time he was regarded as only doing his duty.

https://rcahmw.gov.uk/on-this-day-one-hundred-ago-holyheads-stanley-sailors-home-provided-the-best-welcome-in-wales-for-a-sunken-steamships-crew/
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Main discussion / Re: Drugs raid
« Last post by Rascal on Tuesday 28 November 2017, 1341 »
Cash is the bloke from Bangor that is 'under investigation' although they haven't named him, it was his place Rajas, the old Omar Khayam next to the Green Island that got raided too and the doors are all boarded up now.

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Main discussion / Re: Drugs raid
« Last post by Trefignath on Monday 27 November 2017, 1803 »
And the Dublin Packet !!

Jack Higgins would never have stood for it. Must be spinning.
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Main discussion / Re: Drugs raid
« Last post by Reenie on Monday 27 November 2017, 1352 »
Who's Cash?

Awful stuff.
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Coming soon to Holyhead / Re: Market Hall - Open Doors Friday 29 September 2017
« Last post by Reenie on Monday 27 November 2017, 1350 »
Brilliant stuff. 1001 Antiques..I remember that. It made me smile.

Cefni fruit was always so busy and everyone's Mam was in the queue when we used to stroll through it.

I love this post. Thanks TG  :-*
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