People of Conwy

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The People of Conwy project took place during the building of Conwy Culture Centre in 2019. A touring roadshow invited people from all over Conwy County to share stories about the people in their communities, followed by an exhibition at the newly opened centre which showcased some of the characters interviewed by the project.

To read about each of the characters, click on their names in the list below. You can also hear them reminiscing and see portraits taken for the project by Graham Hembrough. He photographed the subjects in places, or with objects, that meant something to them.

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More about Conwy Culture Centre - on Conwy County Borough Council's website


Showcased Conwy characters

Betty Pattinson OBE: One of Conwy town’s last ‘Jackdaws’, local historian and campaigner for Conwy tunnel

Gwyneth Roberts: Her family ran a tailor’s shop in an old boat house at Tal y Cafn for almost 120 years

Steve Morris: One of the last people to work at the Hotpoint factory in Llandudno Junction

Dennis Roberts: Former headteacher who established Penmaenmawr Historical Society in 1973

Tom & Trevor Jones: Members of a family that has fished Conwy mussels for over 100 years

Tony Parisella: Continues the ice-cream firm set up by Domenico Parisella after moving from Italy to Britain in 1912

Pat Rowley: Former teacher with a deep love of Llanrwst and its history

James Curran: Former Llanrwst fireman and woollen-mill worker

Martin Cawley: A childhood interest in lorries led to the creation of haulage company Cawley Bros

Peter & Liz Lawton: Veteran Colwyn Bay window cleaner Peter inherited the family business

Annette Evans: Former headmistress of Bodlondeb Primary School, now the site of the Culture Centre