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A as soon as buzzing seaside city that’s been named one of many worst within the UK is clawing at a comeback.

The Welsh seaside city of Rhyl was as soon as a coastal resort of Victorian splendour, boasting a protracted, sandy seashore and a super location off the A5 coast highway of north Wales.

Its shut proximity to Liverpool and Manchester made it a honeypot for day trippers from the north west of England whereas guests from London bought to get pleasure from its greatest bits due with the arrival of the railway in 1848.

Soon it boasted a 2,115ft lengthy pier, a synthetic boating lake, pleasure rides and miniature railway.

But final yr it was deemed one of many UK’s worst, with the Telegraph inserting it quantity 20 and giving it a measly 5/100 in its rundown of greatest and worst seaside cities, revealing it was as soon as dubbed “Costa Del Dole” and “Blackpool after a neutron bomb”.

In its harsh evaluation the nationwide publication mentioned the arrival of package deal holidays have been the dying knell for the city – with scores of vacationers abandoning it for sunnier climes.

It mentioned: “North Wales’ oldest pier was demolished in 1973, the domed Pavilion theatre was razed the following year.

“Efforts to make Rhyl a desirable destination – the Sun Centre in 1980, White Rose Shopping Centre in 1984, a museum and library complex in 1986 – have failed.”

It mentioned that the resort’s funfair – The Ocean Beach – closed in 2007 and its Sky Tower trip was decommissioned.

It added: “No past, no arts or entertainment, no fun,”.

Barclays additionally closed its doorways within the city earlier this yr – becoming a member of an array of already empty models within the city centre.

Rhyl East Cllr Justine Evans instructed North Wales Live: “I used to be saddened to listen to concerning the closure of Barclays in Rhyl which has been a distinguished characteristic within the city for an amazing a few years.

“All the employees on the department have at all times been extraordinarily useful and my ideas are with them presently. Rhyl has misplaced many outlets and cafes over time and sadly there are already too many empty buildings within the city centre.”

One Tripadvisor user wrote took to the travel review site to talk about their experiences in Rhyl.

They said: “Got moved right here in June and what a giant mistake it was. Rhyl is such a dump it is miserable. Would not advise visiting in any respect.”

But regardless of its adverse opinions the city has new plans to reboot with almost £25m being spent in town centre to assist enhance it as a part of the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns initiative. This consists of bettering and adapting underutilised business and residential property.