FROM the Archive this week features a photograph of the promenade and Pebble Beach, in Cold Knap, in Barry.

The astonishing advancement of Cold Knap as a pleasure park at the end of the 1920's was massively enhanced when Bindle's restaurant and ballroom opened in 1928.

Light lunches and teas were available as well as dance refreshments and it boasted its' own carpark.

With a dance floor of Canadian maple and heated by modern radiators, Bindle's attracted the crowds.

Built from British Portland Cement with steel reinforcements, it was a perfect setting for illumination by coloured electric lights.

The electricity supplied by its' own independent crude oil generator.

With a capacity for 400 people, Bindle's was granted a licence by the local authority for dancing from 2pm to midnight.

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

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