Memories from the Barry & District News of 50 and 25 years ago
7:30am Thursday 24th May 2012 in Looking Back
EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of May 24, 1962:
* The election of Cllr Bert King as Mayor is a well-deserved honour for a 65-year-old man who started work at Barry Docks as a 1s-a-week apprentice - he now has a substantial business as a builder and haulage contractor.
* A donation of £35 from the Inner Wheel Club of Barry has this week brought the total sum collected for the Welsh National Cheshire Homes Appeal Fund to over £1,000 - collected in under eight months. The exact total now stands at £1,020 17s 7d.
* Three local women, each with well over 45 years service to the British Red Cross Society, were presented to the Princess Royal on Wednesday week when, as Commandant-in-Chief, she attended the annual meeting of the society in Swansea. Mrs Eva Dotchon, Miss J Watson and Mrs E Chater, who were all presented with long-service awards last year, were among the members from South Wales who met the Princess Royal.
EXTRACTS from the Barry & District News of May 21, 1987:
* The people of Barry have a chance to share an evening with Royalty on Friday week when HRH the Princess Anne attends the 25th Barry May Queen Concert at the Memorial Hall. Her Royal Highness will arrive at 6.50pm and stay for the entire concert before her scheduled departure at 9.25pm.
* Only minor damage was caused by a fire which broke out in one of the hatches of the Geest Bay banana boat while she was being unloaded at Barry's No 3 Dock on Monday. Six fire appliances were used to fight the lunchtime blaze but a Geest spokesman told the "News" yesterday (Wednesday) that it has been a comparatively minor incident. "The fire was quickly put out and the damage has been made good at only minimal cost," he said.
* Barry Town Council this week appointed its first woman Town Mayor since the authority was set up in 1974. The election and installation of veteran Labour member Cllr Dorothy Rees was a dignified affair. It was free of the bitter political wrangling that had marred earlier mayor-making ceremonies at the Memorial Hall.