Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, came to live in Colwyn Bay with his mother and brother when he was a little boy during the Second World War, but by and large this town has not been the home of famous men and women. However, for better or for worse, we all influence those with whom we live, and through the ages the people of Colwyn Bay have shown consideration and love, and sadly, centuries ago, some cruelty, towards their fellow inhabitants. George Eliot's great fanfare for the silent majority, resonates still and could apply to this town: 'For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts, and that things are not as ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.' When we close our eyes and remember our home town, do we remember the streets and the buildings, or are our thoughts drawn to the people who lived there? Is a place important to us because of its atmosphere, or do we hanker after our old friends? The colour of our memories is made brilliant by the people who still stalk our subconscious minds. Colwyn Bay Folk is a fascinating look at the people and personalities who influenced the history of this picturesque town in North Wales.
Graham Roberts, a native of Colwyn Bay, has previously published several titles on the town and the surrounding area and regularly gives illustrated talks. He is a magistrate and is also president of Colwyn Bay Civic Society. He is still a resident of Colwyn Bay, where he lives with his wife and family.