Memories from the Barry & District News of 50 and 25 years ago

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of November 22, 1962:

* A protest by Ald D J Boon against the spending of further money on Barry Castle was supported at last week’s meeting of Barry Town Council, but it was eventually agreed, with only six members voting against, to approve the Parks and Open Spaces Committee’s recommendation dealing with the proposed layout of the castle grounds.

* Raymond Gower, MP for Barry and one of the most assiduous questioners in the House of Commons, is on top of his form at the moment. He has tabled 12 questions to be answered in the near future; most of them concerning the Rochdale Committee’s recommendation that Barry Docks should be closed.

* Though Barry went down to Margate, the league leaders, at Jenner Park on Saturday, they put up a stirring fight particularly in the first half, and it was a pity that less then 500 spectators saw an entertaining game despite the tricky conditions.

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of November 19, 1987:

* Visions of Barry’s West End being slowly transformed into a mini-Las Vegas have been conjured up by local ward member Cllr Reg Dunkley. Calling on his Vale Planning Committee colleagues to refuse plans for setting up an amusement centre with gaming machines and prize bingo in shop premises at 11-12 Broad Street Parade, Cllr Dunkly declared: "We should consider this matter on moral and social grounds."

* The illustrious police career of Detective Chief Superintendent Don Carsley, which started at Barry and Cowbridge 33 years ago when he joined the old Glamorgan Constabulary comes to a close at the end of the month. He will retire on Sunday, November 29, after seven years as head of the South Wales CID.

* Inspection and first-aid repairs by a stonemason on the facade of Barry’s old Town Hall is estimated to cost the Vale Council £10,400.

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