50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of December 3, 1964:

l A Barry Corporation spokesman denied on Tuesday reports which are circulating in the town and especially at Barry Island that work had begun on the construction of the pedestrian path around the cliff face at Nell’s point.

l What’s the position on the Bake-a-Cake front? Well, it’s action stations from Monday next, December 7, when entries can be accepted at the Gas Showrooms, Broad Street, Barry, continuing until the final day on Saturday, December 12.

l Though eye witnesses reported a “flash in the sky” the South Wales Electricity Board has been unable to trace the reason for a 10 minute power failure affecting part of Port Road, Highlight, Rhoose and Aberthaw at about 11pm on Wednesday week.

l A scheme to make a training area on a site earmarked for an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium was suggested at a meeting of Jenner Park Committee on Wednesday week.

The site is an area of unused land 160ft by 140ft to the west of Jenner Park ground at the Gladstone Road end, and its use as a training area was recommended by a councillor until their forward plans for the swimming pool came to maturity.

l Approximately 320 old folk of the town will receive Christmas parcels sponsored by the Barry’s Old People’s Welfare Committee it was agreed at a meeting on Thursday.

l The first industrial houses to be erected in Wales by a local authority will soon be available for letting as part of a £285,000 contract signed between Barry Borough Council and the Housing Development and Construction Ltd, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, for the part redevelopment and part new development of the David Street area at Cadoxton.

Two of the blocks have now been completed and the contractors say the first families should be able to move in before Christmas.

l A large Christmas turkey was considered to be a fair exchange for a small whiting in an angling competition which attracted almost 300 anglers on Sunday.

Almost 30 members of Barry Angling Society fished the competition at Swansea on Sunday and two of its members came home with first and second prizes.