50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of June 11, 1964:

• A little girl who seems to be making a big name for herself in the field of variety is Linda Jordan, daughter of Mr and Mrs R Jordan of Castle Street Barry. Just nine-years-old, Linda recently won a talent competition at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Minehead by delighting the audience with her impersonations of Steptoe and Son and her singing of “M Boy Lollipop.” There were 18 entries for the competition and having won this heat, she will go back to the camp in September for the semi-finals.

• For reviving a man who had received a violent electric shock whilst playing a one-armed bandit in the Barry Dock Conservative Club in March, two Barry people heard this week that they are to receive Resuscitation Certificates from the Royal Humane Society. They are Blanche Monteiro, of Southey Street, bar assistant at the club and Peter Reginald Lowes an industrial chemist of Court Road.

• Fourteen-year-old Philip Davies of St Aidan’s Gymnastic Club won the Vaulting and Agility Championship of Great Britain at the New Crystal Palace Sports Centre in London last week.

• The heats of the Miss TWW beauty competition, which are open to all local girls will be taking place shortly in three Welsh resorts, including Barry. The competition which carries a prize of £100 for the ultimate winner, also carries prizes of £10, £5 and £3 for the first three in the heats.

• A ceremony marking the completion of a scheme which has taken nearly three years to complete will take place on Wednesday, July 22, when the Mayor (Ald C T Price) will inaugurate the Cardiff Road pumping station by unveiling a commemorative plaque.

• Trade at Barry Docks is not as buoyant as last year. Figures released by the British Transport Docks Board show that in the four weeks ended May 17, the total trade amounted to 17,426 tons, a drop of 26,799 tons compared with the same period of last year. This brings the total trade to-date this year to 668,312 tons, against 709-290 tons a drop of 40,978 tons.