THIS week the nostalgia section features a photograph of a dapper gentleman taking a stroll over the causeway to Barry Island.

Sporting a dickie-bow, walking cane and toothbrush moustache, the photograph was probably taken some time between the First and Second World War. Apart from the old car it’s striking how the view hasn’t changed much with the train line and housing in the background.

The Barry Island train line opened on the August Bank Holiday 1896, to take advantage of the tourists wanting to visit the island. The opening had widespread publicity across all newspapers in south Wales.

Construction took around 12 months with people working night and day to complete the line and station.

Cllr Shirley Hodges, who has sent in the picture, said: “I would love to hear for anyone who might recognise the gentleman in the photo.”

The Barry & District News would like to thank Cllr Shirley Hodges for the photograph and information.

If you have an old Barry photograph you would like to see included, with information about what it depicts, email