Saturday, October 28, 2006
Llandudno pier Pavillion
I found this wonderful photo of the Pier Pavillion, Llandudno on this website Photo.net The theatre was built around 1884 and it was a wonderful old building, unfortunately they stopped using it in 1990 and a few years later it burned to the ground. A very sad day for Llandudno and a great pity it could not have been repaired and saved in 1990.
I had many an enjoyable evening there listening to well known artistes and pop singers when I was young. When I was 15 years old, during my school holidays I worked at the Waverley Hotel, which was just behind the Pavillion.
The Waverley Hotel.
The proprietors were Mr and Mrs D Elias, I was given a choice of becoming a waitress or a chambermaid and I chose the latter as I was very shy. I used to help Mr Elias to peel potatoes, it was a lovely Summer and we sat on the step outside while we did this. I remember vividly one early morning listening to Sandy McPherson practicing on the organ in the theatre. The windows were open and I will never forget it. Sandy McPherson was very well known and had a radio programme called Sandy McPherson at the Theatre Organ'.
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Alexander "Sandy" MacPherson was a British theatre organist who achieved considerable exposure in the early week sof World War II when the BBC briefly switched to brosadcasting only light music. McPherson played up to twelve hours per day, also filling in anouncements and programme notes, until pressure from listeners and the press caused the BBC to recommence broadcasting a wider range of music.
During the blanace of the war MacPherson regularly broadcast on the BBC from the BBC Theatre Organ, located in Bangor, Wales, close to Macpherson's then home of Llandudno.
In the early 1930s MacPherson was the resident organist at the Empire Leciester Square.