Memories from the Barry & District News of 50 and 25 years ago
7:00am Thursday 7th March 2013 in Looking Back
EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of March 7, 1963:
* Alison Farely is the pen-name of a young typist, Dorothy Hayward, of Dock View Road, Barry Dock, whose first novel "The Shadows of Evil," is published this week by Robert Hale at 12s 6d. Her historical novel is of torture and bloodshed at the time when the Spanish Inquisition was at its height, and bringing into the scene many of the famous names of the Elizabethan period.
* With unemployment in Barry running at its highest level since pre-war days, there was depressing news this week about the future of the Barry Works of British Railways. The works is one of 21-wagon repair depots and sidings in the Western Region, which are being axed under Dr Beeching’s economy and rationalisation plans.
* A young Barry man was awarded the certificate of the Royal Humane Society at a presentation in the Mayor’s Parlour on Monday for applying artificial respiration to a boy just pulled out of the sea – and yet the man Martin Chubb, of Romilly Park, Barry, has never been taught artificial respiration in his life.
EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of March 3, 1988:
* With continuing concern being expressed by Barry Town Council about the ‘dilapidated condition’ of the old Barry Town Hall at King Square, £12,000 is being spent on urgent repair work to the outside face of the building.
* For more than 25 years Barry engine drive Albert Williams rode the footplate of fireless steam locomotive No 2238, covering countless thousands of miles and getting exactly nowhere! But Albert loved every minute of his never ending journey around the BP Chemicals works at Sully Road shunting rail wagons and tanks loaded with goods ranging from coal to corrosive chemicals. And he was obviously delighted to be one of the VIP guests when his cherished loco was finally taken out of service and presented by BP to be preserved in all her glory at the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum, Cardiff Docks.
* Founder president Mrs H H Howell, now in her 93rd year, visited Barry last month to join the golden jubilee celebrations of the Inner Wheel Club of Barry. Mrs Howell and Margaret Tovey, the only founder member are still active in the club.