50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of June 18, 1964:

• An important step towards the establishment of a Butlin’s holiday camp at Barry Island is notified in our advertisement columns this week. The Minister of transport has given notice that he proposes to make an order under the Town and Country Planning Act, 1962.

• Patricia Gibbons of Millwood Rise, Barry, a student of the Laban Art Movement Studio, Surrey, has been chosen to appear in William Mathias’s Masque, “St Teilo,” at the Llandaff Festival on Tuesday next, June 23. Patricia is a former pupil of Barry Girls’ Grammar School.

• There seems to be no real prospect in the immediate future of solving the traffic problems at weekends and Bank Holidays at Barry Island – that was the doleful picture painted at last week’s meeting of the Barry Road Safety Committee.

• 20-year-old Janet Rees, daughter of Mr and Mrs D L Rees of Trem-y-Don, Barry, on Thursday received a gold medal from Colonel Sir Thomas Butler, Bart, DSO, OBE, resident Governor and Major of the Tower of London, as the outstanding student nurse at Moofields Eye Hospital, London.

• 16-year-old Anne Jones of 8th Barry (All Saints’) Guide Company was on Thursday in St Nicholas Scout Hall, presented with a Queen’s Guide badge and certificate by Miss N Fletcher, County Commissioner for Cardiff and East Glamorgan. This is the highest award a Guide can achieve.

• Local interest in the athletics meeting at Jenner Park on Saturday was centred in the performance of Barry’s Welsh champion, Elizabeth Gill, and she came through with flying colours in both the invitation sprint events.

• Miss M M Aykroyd, who has spent most of her professional life in the service of Barry Girls’ Grammar School, and who has been deputy headmistress for the last six years, is retiring in July. The school governors have appointed Gwenllian Jones MA, as her successor. Miss Jones who comes from Llandre, near Aberystwyth, has been teaching Welsh at the school since 1941.