An iconic Denbighshire resident has been honoured at the official opening of Rhuddlan Library.
The Community Meeting Room within Rhuddlan Library has been named after Philip Jones Griffiths, a Rhuddlan resident and photographer.
Philip Griffiths achieved international, as well as local, recognition for his graphic photography work of the Vietnam War. His photos were shown across the world, highlighting conditions and his work played a crucial part in changing public opinion in the USA and around the world. His work was considered to be classic in the world of photo – journalism.
He died in 19 March 2008.
Councillor Hugh Irving, Lead Member for Customers and Libraries, said: “We were delighted to name the community room after such an important local resident who made a real difference in his chosen profession of photo-journalism. We chose the name after hosting a local poll where people were invited to submit ideas. The Philip Jones Griffiths Room proved to be top of the list.
“Our libraries provide a really important role in the development of our local community. Books in general and the encouragement of reading is part of the really powerful offer of this building. We have facilities here for community partnerships and we want residents to use them too.
“This development follows on from our new and improved facilities in Rhyl and Prestatyn and our forthcoming major project in Rhyl, and our commitment moving forward as we turn our attention to libraries in the south of the county.
“I would like to thank everyone who was involved with making this project happen, including Rhuddlan Community Centre who accommodated the temporary Rhuddlan Library during the construction process. We thank their officials for their support and co-operation.”