Memories from past editions

50 years ago

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of December 19, 1963:

• The crisis in the affairs of the Barry Town Football Club, which suddenly blew up last week was resolved on Tuesday night at a special meeting of the board of directors and representatives of the Barry Town Supporters Club. There was a danger that the club would have to withdraw from the Southern League, but at the close of the three-hour meeting a statement was issued that it has been decided to carry on.

• Despite renewed objections by Major Sidney Luen and his friends, a public meeting on Monday gave the Barry Corporation full powers to promote a Parliamentary Bill which will allow them to dispose of the land at Barry Island which Mr Billy Butlin wants for his new holiday camp.

• The Bake-a-Cake competition organised by the Wales Gas Board and the “News and Herald” produced a record total of 137 cakes this year. The previous record was 133 in 1961.

25 years ago

EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of December 22, 1988:

• Cardiff City’s strike force of Jimmy Gilligan and Kevin Bartlett were guests at the annual presentation evening of the Barry Wolves club, who play in the youth section of the Barry Soccer League. Gilligan and Bartlett presented a ball to Lee Hammerton who raised most money for the club in a sponsored penalty competition.

• Wherever Jack Fairweather goes so does his yellow Labrador, Ralph. For Jack is blind and Ralph is not only his constant companion but his eyes. Jack, who since becoming blind has raised a staggering £50,000 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, is the Wales regional winner in Webb Ivory’s fundraiser of the Year award scheme. He received £100 towards the charity of his choice from television celebrity Melvyn Hayes at a special ceremony luncheon at the Waldorf Hotel, London.

• Helina Price, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ivor Price of Lidmore Road, Barry gained a distinction in Grade 7 Piano in the recent Associated Board examinations of the Royal Schools of Music.

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