50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of July 9, 1964:

• There was a last-minute surprise in the nominations for the Barry Borough Bye-elections, the vacancies being caused through the aldermanic elections in May. There was every indication that the Labour Party was going to be given an unopposed return in the Dyfan Ward, but a late candidate appeared to contest the seat as an Independent. He is John Lowrie, well-known in the town for his activities on behalf of Barry Town Supporters’ Club.

• Elizabeth Tanner of Little Brynhill Farm, Barry, who recently won the title of the Dairy Princess of South Wales in a competition in Swansea, travels to London tomorrow (Friday) as one of 16 finalists in the National Dairy Queen Competition. During the weekend she will stay at Woburn Abbey, where the finalists will be the guests of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford.

• A successful benefit dance on behalf of former Barry Town captain Ted Loader was held at the Memorial Hall on Friday, and the organisers, the Barry Town Supporters’ Club, hope to be able to present a good sum to Mr Loader, who has had to retire from the game after breaking a leg twice in the same place when playing for Barry Town.

• A warning that if there were too many objections to the closure of Forest Drive by September 19, the Minister of Transport would have to call another public inquiry was given by Bert King, a former Mayor of Barry, when talking to the Barry Island United Men’s Fellowship on Monday evening. “If an inquiry has to be held then it can be taken for granted that Butlin’s will begin to work on the proposed camp at Weymouth and we can say goodbye to the camp at Barry for yet another year,” said Mr King.

• Leaving this country on July 30, to take up new work in South Africa is John Gale who has been appointed assistant secretary at Holy Cross Hospital in East Pondoland. This appointment has been arranged for him through the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.