50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Penarth Times of February 24, 1967:

The 2nd Dinas Powis (St Peter's) Scout and Cub Troop raised a total of £40 towards new equipment with a jumble sale at St Peter's Church Hall last Saturday.

The event was organised by the Parents' Committee under their chairman.

Members of the Dinas Powis Old Folk's Welcome Club hired two coaches to take them to see the pantomime Mother Goose at the New Theatre, Cardiff, on Tuesday of last week.

The Penarth town guide has been on prominent display at the Welsh Exhibition at Paddington Station. Copies of the guide have also been sent to the French town of St Pol de Leon, the town in Brittany, which is to twin with Penarth.

The Penarth Welsh Society, which was formed last November, now has over a hundred members. The society meets on the first Wednesday and in February over 60 people were present for a talk.

A total of 205 potential donors attended the session in Penarth on January 31. Of these 174 were able to give blood, including 19 new donors.

A spokesman for the National Blood Transfusion Service said: "This was a really splendid result and invaluable to us, we would like to thank everyone who attended."

787,151 broadcast receiving licences, including 685,153 for television and 29,646 for sets fitted in cars, were current in Wales and Monmouthshire at the end of January 1967. During January the number of television licences increased by 1,726.

A shallow tide - only 28.4 feet - together with wet weather and strong south-easterly winds which whipped up the sea, accounted for the poor catches in Penarth Sea Angling Club's competition from the Pier and beach last Sunday.

A near capacity 400 crowd attended the Penarth YMCA presentation of Japan's Martial Arts in the Drill Hall, Woodland Place, on Friday last. They thrilled to the individual and team contests and were wildly partisan when Penarth scored.