50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District News of January 28, 1966:

Unless help was forthcoming, the Darby and Joan Luncheon Club might be forced to closed, the WVS organiser said in a letter to the Health Committee when it met on Tuesday.

The luncheon room of the Memorial Hall, tastefully decorated, provided a pleasant atmosphere for the Barry Swimming Club's annual party last Saturday.

A disputed penalty goal five minutes from the end resulted in Barry Town's dismissal from the Welsh FA Senior Cup, and the sending off of Barry's right full back, presumably for protesting against the referee's decision.

At the midway stage of the season (based on results up to January 8), Colcot Stars are heading the top division of the Barry and District League.

But their old rivals, Cadoxton Albion, are breathing down their necks for they are only three points behind with a game in hand, while Sea View Labour also come into the reckoning - four points behind but with a game in hand.

By the end of this week it is expected that somewhere in the region of 2,000 applications for the town's holiday brochure will have been received by the entertainments manager and this figure is more than 10 times as many as for the corresponding period last year.

Notice anything different about this week's issue of the Barry & District News?

You will find that it is two inches longer than previous issues and the new size marks a significant stage in the history of the paper which dates to 1889.

For with this issue we change over from hand-feeding to an automatic system in the final printing operation of the paper with the installation of a Cossar B16 printing machine.

Playing in the Junior Division of the Welsh League, the Barry team are maintaining their long run of victories.

Opportunities has arisen to book entertainment of all types for the Memorial Hall, the town's recently appointed entertainments manager said at a meeting of the Entertainments and Seaside Activities Committee on Thursday week when it was recommended that for a trial period he be allowed to book acts without reporting to the committee.