A TOWN is turning retro for a vintage competition.

Rhyl Town Council is on the hunt for a photo which best sums up the town’s ‘Sunny Rhyl’ nickname.

Budding photographers are being urged to photograph Rhyl’s scenery and enter their pictures into a competition. One winning snap will be turned into a vintage-style pin badge for the 2021 season.

Cllr Ellie Chard, Rhyl mayor, said: “At one of the town council’s last community events before lockdown, we gave away limited edition pin badges which bore the words #LoveRhyl. The little badges were a simple but effective and collectable way of promoting the town. We thought, with pin badges enjoying a surge in popularity, they might go down well. In fact, we gave them away in just a matter of minutes with demand for more.

“Many of our community events planned have been pushed back to next year so we thought we’d use the opportunity now to make something extra to give out at future events. And who better to highlight Rhyl than the very people who live here

Pin badges, or button badges as they are also known, were first created by American Benjamin S. Whitehead in 1893. Since then, badges of all kinds have become collectors’ items with rare finds changing hands for hundreds of pounds. There is even a badge collectors’ club.

Cllr Chard added: “Our town has lots of great amateur photographers, and we are fortunate that so many people share their images with us.

"People wearing our badges will not only be wearing a little bit of history but will be helping to market and promote our lovely town."

The winning photographer will receive a framed print of their photo to be given at a future presentation ceremony."

To enter the competition, which is open to all ages, send your chosen image to enquiries@rhyltowncouncil.org.uk or through the council’s Facebook page by August 31.