EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of January 24, 1963:

* The big freeze-up has brought chaos to the building trade, almost paralysed coal shipping at the docks and sent the unemployment figures in Barry rocketing to their highest pitch for at least 18 years.

* Rowing could hardly be described as a pastime suitable for the present weather conditions - especially when it entails rowing a heavy and unwieldy punt for one and a quarter miles into the teeth of a biting east wind at 7.30 in the morning. But that was what three dockers took on on Monday morning in order to rescue a swan trapped in the ice on Tom Edge pond, the feeder at the top of the New Dock. The men, Robert Henry Allen, 48, his son Robert John Allen, 24, and Raymond John Elston, 25, were on their way to work at the docks when they saw the swan trapped in the ice.

* Barry is not the only seaside resort interesting Billy Butlin. Weymouth, with a prospective site four times as large as the Barry one, is vying for a similar development.

 EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of January 21, 1988:

* In a desperate effort to stop the rot that has resulted in two successive Abacus Welsh Soccer League championship defeats, Barry Town have parted company with their manager Richie Morgan.

* Pupils at Barry Island Primary School are joining Australia's bi-centennial celebrations by forging what it's hoped will be permanent links with a similar school in Western Australia.

* A former pupil of Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School at Barry, Linda Carleton-Carmichael, 26, has passed out from the Britannia Road Naval College, Dartmouth, as a WRNS officer. Her parents, John and Jean Carmichael, live at Highlight Park, Barry, and travelled down to Devon last month to watch the parade.