White Socks and a Walking Stick: The Life of Albert Barnes - One of Rhyl's Silent Forces
by Kathryn Nedd
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ISBN Number: NA
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 111
Publication Date: 2018
Kathryn Nedd

White Socks and a Walking Stick is a family biography of Albert Barnes, who was manager of the Marine Lake amusement park in Rhyl from 1910 to 1950.

The book gives a first hand account of the origins of the amusement parks at Marine Lake and Ocean Beach. It features many insights into the various rides and attractions at the park, and the various incidents that happened over the years, with rare photographs.

As well as the fairground, Marine Lake featured one of the UK's best-loved miniature railways (only the water chute pre-dated the railway), and this is the only surviving part of the Marine Lake fairground still operating today - and is beautifully preserved. Barnes built six steam locomotives in Rhyl, four which are still at Rhyl Miniature Railway today. 

The book covers Albert's many other accomplishments in engineering, fairgrounds, and public life.

The book is written by Albert’s granddaughter, Kathryn Nedd.





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