50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of October 1, 1964:

A Barry girl who has her own model agency and who is also well known in fashion circles as a compere and who has made several television appearances, on Saturday became engaged to a Barry chartered accountant.

Five hundred members of All Saints' Church, Barry, filled all the tables at Bindles on Monday for their harvest supper.

Only 100 people out of a population of 42,000 were present at the Barry Memorial Hall on Tuesday week when a unanimous resolution was carried supporting a recommendation that the Barry Corporation should invite the Court of the National Eisteddfod to Barry in 1968.

There is a considerable local demand for the type of luxury flats now completed in the first stage of the Glan Hafren development at The Knap to the west of Bindles.

Already seven of the nine two and three-bedroom flats have been let that the respective prices of £4,750 and £5,000, which includes a lock-up garage.

To facilitate the Butlin holiday camp at Barry Island, the Seaboards Lands Development Committee, has recommended that temporary housing for Coastguard personnel be made available, and that they be reimbursed for the cost of travelling from their new homes to the Coastguard Station at Barry Island as long as they occupy the Corporation houses.

The bingo craze is still as strong as ever but to some extent the emphasis is changing. The fans are now keen to have a chance of winning big money on the national pools, and it's for this reason that the ASR Bingo Club, based at the Empire Ballroom, Broad Street, has linked up with the famous Mecca Lucky Scoop, a national competition which has been running successfully for some four years.

At a meeting of the Barry and District Employment Committee the secretary spoke of the good employment situation.

There were vacancies for 197 workers, and there seemed little doubt that the developments proposed and in hand would ensure prosperity for the area for some time to come.

Balloons released at Romilly Park on the day of the Barry Horse and Flower Show this year, travelled further than ever before.

Favourable winds carried them far across the European continent and balloons descended on Holland, France, Belgium, Eastern and Western Germany. The winning balloon was returned from, Moravia in Czechoslovakia, a distance of 960 miles from Barry.