EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of October 25, 1962:

* Plans for a new shopping centre at Holton Road, comprising shops, offices and showrooms, were placed before the Barry Public Works and Planning Committee on Monday . . . and thus partly ends a good deal of conjecture and rumour about the future of one of the most valuable sites in the town. The plans relate to the site of the former Holton Road Methodist Church and Schoolroom, which was sold in August by the church authorities who had set a reserve figure of £37,000 on the property.

* Anybody want to hire an elephant? If you do, the Barry Zoo is the place to go. For, with the long slack winter months stretching ahead, the proprietors have decided to hire out any animal to film companies, advertising agencies, local authorities or individuals.

* Barry is to be one of the seven towns to take part in "Treble Chance," radio’s newest quiz game, starting next month. The programme is to be recorded at the Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 2, and will be transmitted on Boxing Day.

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of October 22, 1987:

* An extra helping of Christmas sparkle is promised for the Vale this year with the borough council’s decision to match South Glamorgan’s £2,500 contribution towards the cost of decorative lights.

* Eighteen-year-old Private Lee Bream, who has just completed five months of basic military training at the Depot, Prince of Wales’ Division, Lichfield, Staffordshire, has been awarded a certificate as the best recruit at physical training. Private Bream, from Rhoose, received the award at a passing out parade last month and, during training, has taken part in exercises in Wales and north of England and acquired a variety of military skills.

* The number of passengers using Cardiff-Wales Airport exceeded 100,000 for the third successive month in September. Last year’s total of 504,000 passengers has already been beaten and by the end of 1987, the airport’s passenger throughput will have doubled in five years.