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
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.