50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Penarth Times of March 31, 1967:

A15-ton printing machine was moved into the Penarth Times works. The machine, which will take about a month to erect and test, heralds a new era for the firm in that for the first time in its history the paper will be printed from a continuous reel and a 16-page newspaper, folded, cut and counted, will be produced in one operation.

Practically all of Sully's sailing contingent took to the water on Good Friday. The sun shone unremittingly all day, and with a light breeze, sailing conditions were just about perfect.

A party of Penarth Sea Cadets with their officers spent Easter camp at Tewkesbury headquarters TS Otter. On Friday afternoon cadets found their way around the town and were later allocated to watches and ran a ship routine of various instructions.

The chairman of the publicity and events committee for Penarth Holiday Week received official confirmation that a Royal Air Force helicopter will give a rescue demonstration on July 17.

Penarth will be represented at the World Jamboree at Iowa USA, later this year as the District has been invited to send one scout.

Scout funds will be greatly strained to meet the expenses incurred by this.

Penarth Town's defence has found a new resilience. After snuffing out Bargoed's 82-goal attack last week to record a 1 - 0 victory, they faced the seemingly impossible task of playing away to Beatus United over Easter - yet came away with a magnificent 3 - 1 victory.

The very full Easter programme provided a number of headaches for the Penarthian selectors as the club sides were involved in no fewer than seven games during the holiday period.

The first XV opened their campaign on Good Friday when Porthcawl breached the gap caused by the last minute withdrawal of Mumbles and provided the opposition at Cwrt-y-Vil.

Although not enhancing their reputation for spectacular, attacking rugby, the Barbarians' touring team used their speed to good advantage to beat the Seasiders by 13 points in the annual Good Friday clash.

The Penarth ACF and ATC met in a five-a-side soccer friendly last Thursday, when the Air Training Corps pipped their Army Cadet rivals 7 - 5 to win the first ever game between the units.