The Lost Twins of Penmaenmawr

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In January 1943, three-year-old twins, Jacqueline & Neil Coleby, went missing whilst playing in the garden of their cottage in Capelulo.

Sadly, despite one of the largest searches in British history, the children were found dead from exposure five days later on a mountain track beneath Tal y Fan. They had wandered off from their garden and ended up 3 miles from home.

Last Friday evening at Penmaenmawr Community Centre Anne Forrest and David Jones, a local search and rescue dog trainer, gave a talk about this extraordinarily sad story including how it was reported locally and nationally and how mountain search and rescue techniques have dramatically improved since then.

Amongst the large audience for the very moving talk were relatives of the Coleby twins including their younger brother Peter. Many thanks to the Coleby family for allowing the story to be told and to Anne Forrest, David Jones and Dennis Roberts for putting the evening together.

You can read more about the story here on the BBC website (external link);