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BOOM TOWN; Businesses get a lift from a packed Extravaganza.

Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS

POTATO racers, town criers and Victorian characters basked in yesterday's sunshine as one of the biggest Bank Holiday events hit full swing.

Transformed into a 19th century fairground, Llandudno was bustling with thousands of revellers during the annual Extravaganza, with thrill-seekers enjoying the rides and people dressed in period costume.

Prizes were given to the winner of the potato race and the search was on for a new town crier, following the death of predecessor, David Gwynford Price.

Pavements were impassable and businesses said they saw profits rocket with the streets unrecognisable amid a sea of spectators.

In nearby Craig y Don, the 20th Transport Festival was also a success as motoring buffs came to admire some 400 commercial and vintage vehicles which later paraded up the Great Orme.

In Rhyl, the Sun Centre welcomed hundreds though its doors after a 29-day cost them more than PS100,000 in Easter time trade during the cold snap.

General manager, Ian Turley from Clwyd Leisure Ltd said he is "delighted" the attraction is now back up and running after heaters brought in overnight failed to have little impact on sub zero temperatures back in March.

Meanwhile, a walking festival took place in Llangollen with experienced guides taking people through some of the beautiful scenery, history and heritage near the River Dee Valley and a craft fair was held on Conwy Quayside.

The big freeze was a distant memory with snow drifts making way for sunny spells.

On beaches across the coast, many families flocked to soak up the warm temperatures as they soared up to 18 degrees.

Today's forecast is expected to be even better for the final day of the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 6, 2013
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