50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of December 3, 1965:

A 170-feet long distillation column, which on Wednesday will be raised into position at the British Geon Ltd site near the Cardiff Road represents the biggest load ever carried by road in the United Kingdom.

In April this year it was announced that the Barry Corporation's £88,000 Sports Centre at the Colcot had won one of four awards in the National Local Government Officers' Association Accolade for Enterprise Competition.

The first concert of the November-December tour of Wales by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra took place at the Barry Memorial Hall on Wednesday week. It was an evening devoted to the music of Brahms.

Barry Cymrodorion members were treated to a very enjoyable evening on Tuesday week, when a successful Noson Lawen was given by students of the Glamorganshire College of Education, Barry.

Just two inches - that is by how much a 20,750-ton iron ore carrier which now holds the record as the largest vessel ever to enter Barry Docks, exceeded the length of the previous record holder.

Barry Town ended a bad spell on Saturday when they visited Tunbridge Wells and gained a point with a team which included a number of changes.

Proven cup -fighters Cadoxton Albion received a set-back in the first round of the Barry Town Supporters' Cup competition when they were knocked out by Sea View Labour - last year's winners.

The score-line looks very bleak. The conditions, too, for this match played at the Reservoir Field on Saturday, were very bleak. The lover of good, open rugby would not have been pleased but stalwarts who like a spirited, hard spectacle were not disappointed.

A monthly meeting of the Barry Aquarist Society was held at Holton Road School when it was reported that following a meeting of representatives of the Cardiff, Llantwit Major, Newport, Bridgend and Pontypool clubs, the Federation of South Wales Aquarist Societies had been formed.