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Rhyl is a seaside town on the north coast of Wales. Once an elegant Victorian resort, it now has a population of just over 25,000 people.

Elsie Tanner planned a day trip to the town in April 1964 with Dot Greenhalgh but soon changed her mind when she met Stuart Hodges, the handsome new preacher at the Glad Tidings Mission Hall and instead went along to the Sunday service, to the astonishment of the rest of the congregation.

After their wedding in May 1981, Fred and Eunice Gee spent a week's honeymoon in the resort. Jack and Vera Duckworth went on holiday to Rhyl in June 1985, inviting Ivy Brennan and George Wardle to join them, but Ivy chose to go to the Isle of Man instead to avoid the perpetually warring Duckworths.

In May 1987, Hilda Ogden went with dancing partner Tom Hopwood to the resort as part of an over-sixties group, though Hilda had to assure herself that his intentions were strictly honourable before she agreed.

Many years earlier, Karen McDonald had had one of the few happy experiences of her troubled childhood playing on the beach in the town and when she underwent a breakdown in September 2004 after the death of her estranged mother, she fled back to Rhyl to try and recapture some of that happiness.

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