50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of April 8, 1965:

In the face of competition from 83 entries from all over Great Britain, the Barry Corporation has own one of four awards in the National and Local Government Officers' Association Accolade or Enterprise competition.

The winning entry was its £88,000 Sports Centre at the Colcot, which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in November, 1963, and whose pavilion was named after the Duke. It was only the second time that an authority from South Wales had figured in the awards, Newport being outright winners in 1962-63.

Some of the less obvious talents of Barry's youth were well displayed on four evenings last week when the 1st Barry Scout Group presented their pantomime, "Beauty and the Beast," in the Porthkerry Road Methodist schoolroom.

Moves to improve car parking at Porthkerry Park were considered at a special meeting of the Parks and Open Spaces Committee and approved at last week's meeting of Barry Town Council.

Tots modelled the latest in beachwear at a fashion show in aid of the NSPCC, organised by members of St Baruch's Young Wives in the Church Hall, Barry Island, on Wednesday week.

As from Thursday, April 1, Cardiff (Rhoose) Airport will change its name to Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport.

A Barry man who kept a grocery business in Newlands Street, Barry Dock, for 50 years celebrates his 92nd birthday today (Thursday).

The 1965 Road Race of the South-East Division Secondary Schools was held on Saturday in fine weather which has been associated with this event since it's inception in 1958.

Three points from their two weekend games have lifted Barry above the two bottom places in the Southern League for the first time this season, and their prospect of not having to seek re-election to the league is considerably brighter.

Although it did not reach the pinnacle of rugby skill, Barry's mid-week fixture with Old Penarthians did provide an exciting, and, at times, light-hearted game of rugby.