50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of December 10, 1965:

Arrangements are now well in hand for the Christmas celebrations presented annually by the Council and Entertainments manager who told the Barry and District News on Wednesday that already scores of letters had been received by Father Christmas.

The industrial sky-line ya Cadoxton on the main road to Cardiff underwent a sudden transformation on Wednesday.

A 179 foot distillation tower, weighing 62 tons, which reached the works on Monday week after a 300-mile sea trip from Annan in Dumfriesshire, was hauled into position on a prepared site at the Distillers works.

The West End Labour Club Ladies' Guild held their first dinner on Wednesday week in the Ship Hotel. It was hoped that the event, held at the suggestion of the younger members, will become an annual event.

Together with a good audience the mayor and mayoress braved the weather on Tuesday week to see the efforts of the Romilly County Youth Centre Theatre Group in a difficult comedy, On Monday Next. They were not disappointed, it was an excellent performance,

On Friday, at the YMCA, Barry Camera Club was at home in a print battle with the Rhiwbina Camera Club, the result of which was a narrow win by Barry by 211 points to 199.

Extensions of hours for hotels and clubs in the Barry area have been agreed by Barry licensing justices this week.

For both hotels and clubs hours will be extended from 10.30 to 11pm on Christmas Eve and on December 27 and from 10.30am to midnight on New Year's Eve.

The appearance of the players as they trudged from the field after this game on Saturday, bore witness to a dogged fight. But there is strictly no truth in the rumour that the mist which enveloped the town throughout the afternoon was in any way the result of the packs' exertions.

Despite muddy conditions Barry chalked up their first win against a Newport youth side in 10 years and the win was by no means a fluke.