50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of July 30, 1964:

• A group of Barry ratepayers have formed themselves into a pressure group in an attempt to prevent the closing of Central Park as part of the development scheme put forward by the Revenseft Property Development Company. Mr W Gardiner of Court Road, the present secretary of the Barry Central Bowling Club and for 25 years secretary of the Barry and District Football League, who is a member of the group, stressed on Tuesday that the campaign had nothing to do with the possible loss of amenities to the Central Bowling Club.

• This year the Guides of 10th Barry Company were fortunate in being able to spend a summer holiday at Gorweilion, Wig Fach, near Porthcawl. The girls were able to enjoy themselves in many ways, including carrying out the duties of housekeeping, cooking and entertaining, especially on visitors day when parents and friends shared in the singing following the Guides fancy dress parade.

• The Glamorgan Education Committee’s proposals to introduce comprehensive education in Barry, as soon as school building developments permit, while the girls are to be left out of the scheme, is causing considerable concern among parents. This was discovered by David Marquand, the prospective Labour candidate for Barry, during the course of canvassing.

• Efforts to secure a new manager for Barry Town have so far proved abortive, and at the moment the prospect of an official joining the club before the beginning of the season looks a bit thin. The News and Herald understands that the job was offered to the former Barry captain, Ted Loader, who has had to retire as a player owing to his leg injury but he had refused because of business reasons.

• A Barry boxing enthusiast has been elected chairman of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association. He is Jack Bird of Court Road, Barry, whose success caused something of a surprise at the annual meeting of the association on Saturday. For the man he beat in the vote was John Llewellyn of Fochriw, chairman for the past four years and manager of the British Boxing team for the Olympic Games at Tokyo.