50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of November 5, 1965:

Sweat was pouring from the haggard faces and guitar-plucking fingers were close to bleeding as the four members of a newly-formed Barry beat group brought their session, which had commenced on Saturday evening, to a close.

This month should see the completion of the £217,000 boys' school at present being built off the Colcot Road on which rested the key to the proposed comprehensive system of education in the town.

There was a sharp rise in the number of unemployed men in the town when the last count was taken in mid-October. The figure had risen from 368 for the previous count, to 478.

The chief factor contributing towards the rise, said a spokesman for the Barry Labour Exchange, was the falling off in the ship-repairing and building trades.

For an experimental period of six months, the Library will be opened at 9.30am on a Saturday and will be closed at 6pm, it was recommended at a meeting of the Public Library Committee on Thursday week.

To arrive in time for Christmas, parcels to be sent to the Sudan and letters and cards to Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, BFPO's 10, 70' 83 and HM Forces in Kenya and Tanzania should be posted tomorrow (Saturday).

Barry lost ground in the Southern League on Saturday as a result of a poor display on their first visit to Dunstable, who are newcomers to the league this season. The Linnets were in doubt welcome visitors for they provided the Bedfordshire club with their first home win of the season.

Not many surprise in Division 1 this week, although score lines indicate some close matches. Island United drew with the Plastics and Borough Rovers maintained their high league placing with a 2-1 win against West End Labour.

For this away match at Newport, Barry were forced to make a couple of changes, but still managed to record their biggest win of the season and confirm the fine form which they showed in their home match with Bristol United the previous week.