THIS week the Barry & District News’ nostalgia section features a photograph taken in Barry’s High Street retail area in 1908.

Thomas Davies (T. Davies) ran the York Stores in 69, High Street at the turn of 20th century.

He was originally from Llanthetty, Breconshire, before he arrived in Barry.

He then became the local councillor for High Street ward over a number of years.

In 1908 he stood for Barry Urban District Council in his third election in four years.

Mr Davies was affectionately referred to as “Yorker” in the local press.

He was re-elected in 1908 with the largest majority in Barry in that year.

He achieved his victory 125 votes clear from his nearest rival.

The election took place in April 1908 and the votes were counted at Holton Road school.

The Barry Herald reported thousands of people congregated outside the school to hear the results declared at 6.30pm.

This was an enthusiasm for local elections not seen in modern times.

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

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