A popular Welsh attraction once known for being the 'largest indoor pool in Europe' has been loved by generations of Scousers.

Back in the eighties and nineties, the school holidays weren’t complete without launching yourself down one of the flumes or having a go on the monorail cars at Rhyl Sun Centre.

The Sun Centre opened in 1980 and was the largest indoor pool in Europe at the time.

Read more: Social club in the underground of the Liver Building you never knew about

But 34 years later, the news was announced that the centre would be pulled down to make way for a revamp of Rhyl’s waterfront.

In 2016, the ECHO reported how workmen began boarding up the site and later that year the site was demolished.

Inside the former Rhyl Sun Centre
Inside the former Rhyl Sun Centre

However, it was also announced that a car from Rhyl Sun Centre’ s monorail would be salvaged from the attraction beforehand.

For a few years, all that remained of the popular attraction was fond memories.

But the brand new £15 million water park and adventure centre was Rhyl’s answer to the long lost Sun Centre.

In 2019, the ECHO reported how the new SC2 was hoping to fill the massive Sun Centre hole in many lives, offering both indoor and outdoor water play and will be suitable for all ages and abilities.

Although the water park and adventure centre has since evoked memories of school holidays spent in Rhyl Sun Centre, council officials at the time said the SC2 acronym does not stand for Sun Centre 2.

T he ECHO has launched a new 56-page nostalgia supplement in print. It's packed with photos from the recent past and the not-so-recent, from shopping, fashion and music to the Albert Dock – plus an elephant on parade in Woolton. You can order a copy here

After the ECHO announced SC2 's opening in 2019, many readers started reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ at Rhyl Sun Centre.

Inside the former Rhyl Sun Centre, which originally opened in 1980
Inside the former Rhyl Sun Centre, which originally opened in 1980

One Echo commenter previously said: “Great news just the fairground reinstated now, happy childhood memories.”

While another added: “No monorail ??? that was the best bit ... I preferred the SC the way it used to be, proper pool with the wave machine.”

Back in the eighties and nineties, people would spend hours playing on the famous octopus slide, the monorail cars and in the wave pool.

The Days Gone By newsletter will bring you stories and photo galleries looking back at life on Merseyside.

Whether it's celebrating people, remembering a place long forgotten or opening the Echo archives to mark a special anniversary, Days Gone By will be an essential read.

Signing up is free and it only takes a minute for you to get the best stories, sent straight to your inbox.

How to sign up for a Days Gone By Email Update

1) Go to our dedicated newsletter page at this link.

2) Put your email in the box where indicated

3) Tick Echo Nostalgia.

4) Press Save changes and that's it!

5) There are plenty of other newsletters to choose from too.

Taking to Facebook, Shell Whittaker New said: “If this new centre doesn't have indoor rain its not Rhyl Sun Centre”.

Louise Lacy added: “No mono rail? Gutted! Used to love that.”

Amanda O'Hanlon commented: “Had many a great day at Rhyl sun centre. I’ll never forget the day the fire alarm went off and we had to stand outside in our swimwear.

“Luckily my dad had not locked the car (it was safe back then!) and we got our coats out to keep us warm.”

While Lee Mcmilan said: “Plenty of rashes off the hover boards riding the waves over the years as a kid.”

And George Hose added: “Had some great times in the original Sun Centre . Many a happy start to our holidays were spent there.”

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here