50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Penarth Times of February 17, 1967:

New swimming baths for the town and £100,000 multi-storey car park, were two decisions taken by Penarth Council on Monday which will result in the major redevelopment of the eastern end of the seafront.

Members of Penarth Male Voice Choir were urged to be ambassadors and boost its complement, with special emphasis on youth, at their annual general meeting last week.

The choir which celebrated its 70th anniversary with a dinner last November had a very successful year in 1966.

Amateur operatic-minded people in Penarth will be among the first to acclaim the success of near neighbour Barry Arts Centre in their first ever musical The Arcadians, and their success is all the more noteworthy when it is considered that out of a cast of 57, 12 had not previously appeared before an audience, and six of those 12 had not performed in musicals.

The Post Office is issuing new regional stamps, values 9d and 1s 6d, for Wales and Monmouthshire, Scotland and Northern Ireland, on March 1. The stamps will be of the same designs and colours as the 6d and 1s 3d values issued in 1958.

The first house meetings of "The People Next Door" project, held last week, proved stimulating and enjoyable. The subject under discussion was "The World We Live In."

Members were asked to read the newspapers very carefully, and bring to the meeting any items of great significance, and also to bring advertisements which they liked and disliked.

For the first time this season Penarthian resources were taxed to the full and the club, despite the last minute unavailability of several players, succeeded in fielding all four sides to emerge finally with three victories to its credit against a solitary defeat.

Travelling away to Cwmbran last Saturday, the local Youth started out as the underdogs. Cwmbran, with their impressive record, are rated one of the best youth teams in the country, and this season two of their players have featured in the Welsh Youth Trial.