50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of April 13, 1967:

The Spring Group Meeting of the Glamorgan (East) Group of Women's Institutes, comprising Dinas Powis, Llandough, Rhoose and Sully Women's Institutes, was held at the Council School, Sully, on Wednesday week.

The hall was beautifully decorated with spring flowers and greenery, and a company of about 160 members enjoyed a most entertaining evening.

Coal exports out of Barry during the five weeks ended March 26 were almost half the total recorded for a similar period last year.

The total, 61,965 tons, compares with last year's figure of 117,480 tons. It means that during the first three months of the year, cargo shipped out of Barry was more than 100,000 tons down on the corresponding period last year.

It is hoped that every organisation in Barry will be represented in a procession which will parade from King Square to Gladstone Gardens on Saturday, June 17, for the Proclamation Ceremony of the Welsh Royal National Eisteddfod to be held in Barry in 1968.

The Barry Budgerigar and Foreign Bird Society held its first show at the Social Services Club on Saturday week. The committee expressed themselves delighted with its success.

With Tunbridge Wells showing better form of late, Barry Town find themselves in a familiar position as they approach the final stages of the season - they face a hard struggle to avoid having to apply for re-election to the Southern League.

Barry Plastics entertained a team from the Barry club to inaugurate what is hoped will be a long association between the two local clubs.

Barry Centurions are getting ready for what promises to be a splendid season.

The fixture list is the finest ever with several games"over the bridge" in Somerset, a new tour to Devon and Somerset at the end of May and some splendid new matches in South Wales.

For a "run" of four nights last week, the 1st Barry Scout Group proved gloriously that the essence of pantomime is the suspension of all the rules of nature.