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Sonia Ankers (1924-2019): Popular Penrhos College teacher's funeral details released

Sonia Ankers (1924-2019): Popular Penrhos College teacher's funeral details released

Funeral details have been released for a popular former teacher who sadly passed away recently.

Sonia Ankers, who taught at Penrhos College, died on Saturday, July 6 at Colwyn Bay Hospital after a long and eventful life that began in 1924.

A service honouring her eventful life will be held at St Georges Church, Rhos-on-Sea on Wednesday, July 31, which is set to start at 12.30pm.

This will be followed by refreshments at the Richards Room at Rydal Penrhos, and all are welcome to attend.

Sonia was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School, which she loved, before coming to Colwyn Bay to take up a teaching position at Penrhos College in 1949 following the Second World War.

After the war, Sonia read English Language and Literature at Durham University where she first became involved in politics as Secretary of the Durham University Conservative Association and Public Secretary of Durham and Newcastle Universities.

Her legacy at Penrhos College was lasting, with Sonia teaching English at the site for 30 years, latterly as Head of Department, and loved both her job and the College life.

She had always liked hill-walking and with her dear friend Brandy spent most weekends climbing the Snowdonia Range, getting to know every crag and peak.

From early days, Sonia loved Drama and was always ready to take part in a play and at school. She found an outlet in the Colwyn Bay Abbey Players and wrote extensively for literary magazines and poetry.

She published two books entitled Crosby Childhood and Crosby the War Years, in addition to two booklets: ‘Post War Durham, Saint Mary’s College’ and ‘First Term Penrhos’.

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