FROM the Archive this week features a postcard of Barry Island in around 1930.

It’s hard to imagine Barry Island promenade without Marcos Café, but it did happen.

In 1930, Barry Island was described as ‘bright, breezy, and bracing’.

The concrete shelters constructed to provide accommodation for thousands on a showery day.

Pat Collins was investing in making Barry "The Blackpool of Wales" and so enthused with optimism he footed the principal cost of conveying the town’s supply of electricity to Barry Island for the illuminations.

Today 90 years on the popularity of Barry Island is on the up, maybe a modern description would be bolder, brighter, and unbelievable?

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