50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of May 20, 1965:

In his last week of office, the mayor is opening an appeal for funds for the St John Ambulance Brigade...in support of a target of £100,000 for Wales and one of £2,750 for Barry.

In the course of a four-day stay in Barry Docks, officers and crew of HMS Orpheus, which sailed on Tuesday morning, has a wide variety of engagements and functions in the town and neighbourhood which should leave them with happy memories of their stay in South Wales.

Once again it looks as though the Barry Committee of the Save the Children Fund have hit on to a great money-raising scheme in incorporating the Crowning of the May Queen with the Children's Concert.

To be staged in the Memorial Hall tomorrow (Friday) evening, the event is one of the most popular to take place in the town and it looks as though this year's will be no exception.

Barry's partially-sighted readers are catered for in the latest additions to the vast collection of reading matter in the Public Library.

The Ulverscroft range of books, which are acquired by the library on a non-profit making basis, are published specifically for persons who find the type in many popular books to be far too small.

After being unoccupied and derelict for a long period the building at Dock View Road, formerly occupied by the Barry Missions to Seamen, is taking a new lease of life.

Barry, short of a first class fixture, visited the small ground at Margam on Saturday to play the local side.

After a pleasant drive through the Margam estates searching for the entrance to the ground, Barry eventually lost the toss and were asked to bat.

Distillers (Plastics) met the Rover Car Company, Cardiff, at Pontcanna Fields on Saturday and chalked up their first win of the season.

On an awkwardly-placed wicket, the Plastics found runs hard to get, but after the first two wickets had fallen without score, the middle order batsmen improved the position.