I was delighted to come across this site. My sisters and I spent many happy moments in Barry and Cold Knap from 1964-1969. Our grandmother lived in Welford Street and we used to come and stay with her for the holidays. I remember the swimming pool at Cold Knap so well, my sisters and I used to go there, and those changing rooms! I visited the Butlins site as well, it is in a sorry state now, I spent the day there once my uncle William James (who used to work for the council) gave my sisters and I a free day pass. I remember the swimming pools, the one inside especially, you could dive down and see the people in the café through a clear window!
My gran, Bridie Rickards, worked in Dan Evans, and my Aunty Josephine JAMES worked in a jewellers in the main street. I could go on for hours about the fun we had, we were very young, yet we would leave the house in the morning and not get home until evening. The adventures we use to have in the old port, climbing on the rocks there, dodging the tide. People wouldn't dream of letting three young girls out doing such things now, but we knew the tides, we knew when we could walk across (missing the mud quagmires) to the boathouse on the other side, and on to Cold Knap. How does it all look now in 2004? I haven't been there since 1980!
I now live in the south-west of France.
I was born on Barry Island in 1932 and lived for the first twenty-one years of my life in Phyllis Street. I attended Clive Road School and later Barry County School from 1943 until 1948 where I received an excellent education and made many good friends.
Barry was, and maybe still is, a wonderful place to grow up in. The docks provided an endless source of pleasure for us lads and then there was the music. Oh the music! Bert Miller's band which was the house band for many years at Bindles was as fine a semi pro band as you could find in any provincial town and the five shilling entrance fee for the saturday dance was excellent value for money. Many teenage romances blossomed and, yes, faded within that building. Before going along to Bindles one could always enjoy a beer or two in the Ship Hotel and listen to a trio comprised of George Power and Laurie Diamond on guitars and the pianist (his name escapes me after all these years but I think it was Eddie Hewins). The music was first rate and a joy to listen to.
Of course if you were short of cash there was always the Unity Hall, the Savoy and occasionally the Merry Friars on Barry Island to fill the bill. The two former venues were nearer to Thompson Street where one could also enjoy a late night curry after the dance in Yuen's restaurant. Those meals fostered my enjoyment of curries which exists to this day.
And then there was the 'Hop'. A long lasting and most enjoyable social meeting place at St Francis Church Hall on Saturdays. A kind and friendly man, the Rev. Lomas did wonders for the social life of many teenagers and will be warmly remembered by those who are still alive.
I have no living relations in Barry and so I haven't visited the place for some fifteen years. I now live in a small seaside town in North-West Brittany but the memories of my home town will always be with me.
My name used to be Tracey Smith and I am a Barrian abroad. I spend half my time in Kent and the other half in France but have a sister and nephews still living there. My parents Carole & John Smith are here in Kent also.
I was born in Barry and lived at Park Road and Gibbonsdown, and went to school at Jenner Park and then Bryn Hafren (Form 1H2-5H2). After leaving school I ran the Barry Hotel for a year or two and then did various things. I left in 1990 and after a bit of traipsing around France and Spain, and a divorce, I am now blissfully remarried and have 2 homes in France one of which we rent out as a holiday cottage. I travel back and forth between France and Kent every week where my husband has a business. I have just started an antiques business in Kent so all in all my life is very busy!
I have one son aged 19 this year who has just moved off to University to study Philosophy (son of Anthony Slade - also of Barry)
My name was Julie Spear (is now Crucitti) and I was born in Barry in 1957. I lived in St Lythan's Road until I was 5 and then we moved to Marine Drive, where I lived until I was 17 and my parents left Barry. I went to Romilly School and the the Girls Grammar from 1968-73, finally with a year at the Tech College.
Went to all the usual places such as the Ship, the Park, the Island, Fantasia etc. etc. and worked a season at Butlins (1973?) Also spend a few seasons sailing dinghies at Barry Yacht Club - Diane Hurst, Eryl Thomas, Lyndsey Bater, Lawrence and Tim Hill, Corin Hobbs, Claire Mapstone, etc. The first few years after we left I came back fairly often, but so many people moved away. In 1986 I came to Paris to work for a year, intending to return to London afterwards, however ... I met my Italian husband, so guess what, I'm still here, with two children Philippe 12 and Claire 10. I try to get back every two or three years, my grandmother 92, lives in the flats overlooking Romilly Park. I work at the British Embassy in Paris, and live 15 miles out of the city.