The Deeside and District Local History Society, which started after the local WEA course run by Paul Brighton ceased in 2014, wanted to continue with examining the local history of the area. The Society, besides regular monthly meetings, have quarterly workshops. At these they have looked at local churches and chapels – their introduction and life, where people shopped in Shotton in 40/50s, the township of the Nine Houses, and the maritime connection of shipbuilding and coasting trade.
To support the Parish of Connah’s Quay an exhibition was arranged by a member using information collected over many years. Members from the society and Buckley/Sealand Societies helped support with additional photographs. The exhibition, which ran from October 19th – 21st, included photographs from the Dee bridges, Buckley line, Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Queensferry, Garden City and Sandycroft. There were photographs of local entertainment and sporting achievements, and youth organisations – Red Cross, Scouts and Guides, Army cadets and Sea cadets, with many school photos. Also places of work were included – Ship building, the munition factory in WW1, the building of the aircraft factory, the coming of the steelworks and Courtaulds, Flint. The exhibits showed the area’s link with Maritime history, both ship building and local cargoes exported, particularly Buckley bricks and pottery. The exhibition was a glimpse of the past. Hopefully the local society will be encouraged to add to this existing information for future exhibitions. Thanks to all who attended.
Organiser John Coppack (Chairman DDLHS 2014-17)
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