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Facebook party 'attracts 1,500'

Andrea Smith (with dark hair) and her sister Tracey Heywood
Andrea Smith (with dark hair) and sister Tracey Heywood

Around 1,500 revellers packed out a Denbighshire seaside town on Saturday night to celebrate a mass reunion which was organised on a social network site.

Organiser Andrea Smith said the night in Rhyl was "brilliant" and that every pub was packed out with queues outside.

Ms Smith, 37, originally invited a few friends to enjoy a nostalgic night out in Rhyl via Facebook.

But the event grew to the extent that by Saturday morning more than 700 people had confirmed their attendance.

Ms Smith, a school teacher, and her sister Tracey Heywood came up with the idea for the party while on a night out with their friends in Chester.

"We were saying that we never went out in Rhyl anymore and started reminiscing about the good times we've enjoyed there," she said.

"We agreed we should organise a reunion not just for our old school but for the whole town.

"All I did was create an event on Facebook, send it out to my friends, who went on to invite all their friends and the whole thing snowballed."

She added that people who were not on Facebook joined the party and travelled from as far afield as Ireland and Manchester.

Instead of holding the reunion in a specific place, Ms Smith suggested people meet up in favourite bars and pubs in the town before ending up in one of two clubs.

She also contacted many of the venues and they agreed to play music from the '80s and '90s on the night.

"It was brilliant," she said.

"All the pubs were heaving, there were queues outside the doors and I saw lots of old faces.

"All I could hear all night was people screaming and saying to each other 'I haven't seen you in ages!'

"The atmosphere was excellent."

Ms Smith said she would definitely be organising another Rhyl reunion for New Years Eve later this year.



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