50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of July 16, 1964:

• The Glamorgan County Council were accused by a Barry town councillor on Monday of precluding the local authority from developing a former allotment site for housing purposes so that they could develop the site for playing fields. “I now suspect they have precluded us from developing to feather their own nests” declared Cllr Brian Cripps, who is chairman of the Allotments Committee.

• Part of the road near the new Roman Catholic school at Coldbrook has subsided and, since the traffic manager, Mr F H Pengelly, was informed by the Traffic Commissioners on Friday that the Divisional Surveyor had advised that the road was considered unsuitable for public service vehicles, quick reaction has been taken by the Western Welsh Omnibus Co Ltd.

• Already bad luck has struck Barry Town football club – although the season has no yet started. For the opening two ties of the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup they have been drawn away. For the first game they travel to Stonehouse, Glos, and if they then get through they will be away to either Merthyr Tydfil or Cinderford in the second round.

• Alan Vivian Morgan, son of Mr and Mrs N Morgan of Porthkerry Road, Barry, has gained his BSc degree at Leicester University. He is leaving on August 15, for Canada where he is to take a post-graduate course at Calgary.

• The end of the present school terms is marked by the retirement of five Barry headteachers. Presentations in recognition of their service were made at a dinner organised by the Barry Branch of the National Association of Headteachers held at the Barry Hotel. The recipients were Miss E P Wensley (Romilly Junior School), Mrs M Ford (High Street Infants), Miss G Evans (Jenner Park Secondary Girls), Mr B Evans (Jenner Park Juniors) and Mr Tom Yeoman (Eglwys Wen, Whitchurch).

• The triumph of young anglers over older members of the angling fraternity appears to becoming increasingly apparent in the Barry area, and this was emphasised on Friday evening when a 15-year-old grammar schoolboy, Alan Robson, of Pardoe Crescent, Barry, caught a 10lb 3oz bass – an exceptional fish for the area.