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

First published in Looking Back

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of December 6, 1962:

* Worried Holton Road traders, encouraged by their freeholder, have asked Barry Council to allow them to develop their property privately rather than accept the development proposals of a London company which, they say, are "inadvisable and unfair."

* Maureen Staffer, a TWW announcer, signed children’s autograph books after opening the bazaar held by the Union of Catholic Mothers in St Helen’s Church Hall on Saturday which made over £300.

* This year’s Christmas festivities, which promise to be the most lavish yet, will have a distinctly Dickensian flavour – and for the first time the townspeople will be invited to take an active part in the procession heralding the arrival of Santa Claus.

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of December 3, 1987:

* Concrete proposals for the revival of Barry’s Holton Road shopping area could be made public within nine months – and hopefully sooner. This was the view put forward by Vale Finance and Policy Committee chairman Cllr John Cotter within days of formal discussions starting on town centre redevelopment between the Vale and South Glamorgan councils.

* Barry Lions are again involved in the TV-AM/Wide Awake Club/Lions "Caring Christmas" campaign which last year distributed 150,000 parcels for the old and needy nationwide.

* Fifty-five girls from Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School for Girls, Barry, will set off on Friday, December 11, on a Christmas pilgrimage – walking to Bethlehem.

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