National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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From Dyserth to Llandudno and Cardiff
Donald Duck comes home with the Sunday School trippers from Bethel Chapel, Dyserth!
From the collection of:
Ice-creams in Llandudno for members of Bethel Chapel Sunday School on a trip from Dyserth, Denbighshire. The bus is driven by Kerfoot Davies, founder-owner of Voel Coaches and he stops at Llanfairfechan on the way home. Another day, another trip is taken by car to Cardiff where the fantastical Guinness Festival of Britain Clock is on show in the castle grounds, its mechanised toucans (the birds used to advertise the stout for decades) keeping to ‘Guinness Time’.
It is likely that the Sunday School trip took place in 1958, an action-packed year for the inhabitants of Dyserth and Cwm who, like people in other towns and villages, organised a series of events between May and September for the Welsh Tourist Board’s Festival of Wales. The Guinness Clock was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and, in response to popular demand, smaller, ‘travelling’ versions were made for exhibition around the UK, a second, different model being produced in 1959. By 1966 it was felt the clocks had had their day and they were scrapped. This footage was filmed by Rhys Roberts, the esteemed Dyserth pharmacist who is commemorated by a bronze plaque beside his shop.