50 years ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of August 12, 1965:

The mayor and mayoress were the principal judges at a Baby Show held in the Barry Rugby Football Club (Ladies' Section) on Saturday. The show, a new venture on the part of the club, proved a lucky gamble for it was a great success.

Cups were awarded to the first prize winners in each class. A cup was also presented to the Bonniest Baby.

At last a fine, sunny weekend to make us forget - or put out of mind - one of the worst summers on record. But once out of holiday mood many people don't get back into it too easily.

After meetings of the Finance Committee in private, Barry Town Council at their meeting last week, approved, without a word of comment or explanation, increases in rents for council house tenants of post-war houses and elderly persons' dwellings ranging from 3s. 4d. per week to 14s. 7d. per week.

Fine weather and the Barry Horse and Horticultural Show have formed a close friendship in recent years, much to the relief of organisers. Wednesday week's event was no exception and despite overcast skies and the threat of the long range weather forecast, a good head of the population turned out for this popular event.

Barry's target of £5,000 for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign has now been passed with still five months to go before the campaign finishes.

Barry Romilly entertained Lucania, Tonypandy, on Saturday and after winning the toss B Jones and B Hopkins gave them an excellent start.

To reach the half-way point in the Five-a-Side Football League they have played 11 weeks of football in the most appalling weather conditions. This has resulted in many matches being postponed with many teams and individual players losing interest.

Distillers (Plastics) had another successful week's cricket, winning two matches and losing an intensely exciting close game at Tonyrefail by one wicket.