Deiniolen TV set still in use after 37 years


Tomos Hughes

THE collapse of the Berlin Wall, the September 11 attacks and plenty of Noson Lawen.

These are just some of the events and programmes Deiniolen resident Alan Parry has witnessed on his trusty 37-year old Hitachi colour television - which still takes pride of place in his living room to this day.

With the rise of digital, HD and 3D televisual technology, many 20th century television sets have long since met their maker, but Mr Parry has seen no reason to replace his set which has been adapted to live long into the digital age.

Mr Parry said: "I brought it here, brand new from the box, in 1977 and it's here to this day. It's had a great life here. It's never been repaired or services and it's going great."

Retired clerk Mr Parry, aged 69, played an important role in bringing television coverage to Deiniolen and neighbouring Dinorwic and Penisarwaun in the first place, as he set about collecting signatures from residents for a mast in the area in the seventies.

A mast was finally erected in the village in 1977, and just three days later Mr Parry visited Bangor's I & H Griffiths and Sons electrical store, where he spent more than £1,000 on the Hitachi set.

The rest, as they say, is history and over the years Mr Parry has enjoyed watching thousands of hours of programmes on the television, which has since been fitted with a digital Freeview box.

Mr Parry added: "I've watched all sorts of programmes on it. I can't remember everything I've seen, but I watch a lot of S4C and I enjoy watching Noson Lawen.

"I'd like to know if there are any other televisions in the area still that are almost 40 years old."

Are you still watching your antique television? If so, contact our reporter Tomos Hughes on 01248 387421.

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