My name is Linda; I was born in Kingsland Cresent in 1950 and lived in St Pauls Avenue for many years. I attended Gladstone Road schools and also High Street Girls. I now live near Newcastle in Tyne and Wear.
I was thrilled to find your site yesterday as recently I set up a mailing list for people who live outside Barry and want to chat about the town!
I would love to keep in touch with Barrians every where.
I went To Cadoxton School from 1958 - 1962 I think - it was a long time ago. When I started Dipi Richards was the Headmaster and Jock Ransom was the assistant Head and Geography teacher. He took over from Dipi when Dipi became ill and finished there. Tunker Treharne was the Welsh teacher, Hugh Davies was the PE teacher, Mr Jenner was the Science teacher, Les Jones was Maths (with his uncanny accuracy with a blackboard rubber), Chippy was the woodwork teacher, Mousey Moore was RI, Mrs Bevan was English, and Maurice Braithwaite (he of enormous stature) did English toward the end of my stay.
I had moved from London to Wales in 1958. There weren't many English boys at Cadoxton. Ever. Halcyon days I could say, but I won't. I ended up being the Head Prefect there. The first one too.
Many memories of that place, scary and otherwise. I was wondering if anyone had a photo of the football team within the years of 1959-1962 which included me? Would be grateful. I have retired now and would like to grasp the straws of past images of myself. I have travelled the world, been here and there, lived in the States for 22 years, suffered a few too many heart attacks, therefore clutching, as I say.
Boys that were there in my time: Bob Jenkins, Stuart Pearson, John Jenkins, Leonard Webley, Robert Hughes, Dennis O'Shea, Barry McCabe, and many many more. I lived in Dinas Powis (as it was spelt then) and caught the bus everyday from the Barry Road bus stop in Dinas.
I would like to hear from boys in those years.
I wish you all well, all of you wherever you are.
Andrea Cole - invalid e-Mail - anybody know the new one?
I am Andrea Cole (nee Curtis). I left Bryn Hafren in the early 80’s and would love to hear from any old school friends.
I would love to know where my old Form Tutor Mr.Aubrey is now and what he is doing. I was in form 1H3 to 5H3.
Delighted to find this site, and it's good to know so many ex-Barrians want to record their interest in the town. Currently I am living in Yorkshire, having moved around the Country, I think we can say we are now settled. My wife is from Barry, and we still have family living there, in fact my Mother was 99 yesterday (11/11/05), and still living in the town. I have nothing but happy memories of my time in Barry. I was born in Bell street, moved to Vale street and then to Oxford Street. Schooling was at Romilly Secondary Modern, as I recall Mr Leslie Tustler was the headmaster. I was a member of the 6th Barry Sea Scouts. After serving a Marine Apprenticeship I spent 6 years at sea, before retuning to live in Barry until 1964. Then we moved to Pershore, then Bridgewater and finally Otley. I am now retired.
My name is Steve Connell, and I lived on Winston Road, Colcot, and worked on the fun fair when they had the wooden Rollercoaster there.
I live in Blackpool now.
My name is Bob Craven, formerly of Hinchsliffe Avenue, Colcot. I was born in Cardiff at St. Davids Hospital, now home to Charlotte Church I note. I was born on Feb 28th 1947 during the big freeze, and the story goes that I was kept warm in front of the gas oven door as coal could not be delivered.
I started school at High Street Infants and moved along with others to the newly opened Colcot Infants School. At age seven it was back to High Street, this time to the junior school. The first teacher I had there for two years was a Miss Russell. For classes 3a, 4a,and 5a Mr Jones was my teacher. I moved on to the old Barry Boys Grammar school, and in the first year we moved to the new Barry Boys Grammar Tech at the Colcot. I had a unhappy stay at the school for around two years and left to go to Romilly Secondary Modern.
When I left Romilly I joined the Royal Navy. I was home on leave in May of 1965 and met my wife Ann at Barry Island. She was on a day trip from Blaina in the Gwent Valley (it was then Monmouthshire). We married in March 1967, and in November 1968 we went to Singapore to live as I was serving in the Royal Navy Fleet Maintenance Group. My son was born out there in September 1969. We returned to the UK in early 1971, and I left the RN in May of that year. My daughter was born in April 1972.
We have lived in either Blaina or Nantyglo ever since. We are at present living in Blaina.
My Mother died in October 2003 after spending 17 years in a home on Porthkerry road. She had suffered a stroke at age 67 and had been unable to talk or walk until she died aged 84. My sister June lives in Yorkshire and my brother Keith is still living in Barry.
If you remember me and would like to get in touch please e-mail me.I have found a couple of names on The Barrian site and I have E-mailed Malcomn Heaton in Canada, but I was unable to contact Geoffry Rowlands as his address is not valid - can anybody help?
Keep the good work up on the site, I've loved reading it.
I came to Barry in 1950 because my father was a key worker on Sully, British Geon I think. We lived for a brief while in Palmerston then moved to 14, Pardoe Crescent in the new aluminium bungalows which were being built.
I went to Gladstone Road juniors, then the secondary modern then to the Grammar school on the old site. When I was 14, my father was transferred to Surrey and I left.
I was also a member of the 1st Barry Scout troop and the man who gave his life to this was Mr Croome. I now live in Salisbury.
For years I remember looking out over the channel to the mysterious rock which sits in the channel - Steep Holm. We also just see Flat Holm to the east. I never met anyone who had been there or really knew anything about it at all. It has been bought by the Kenneth Alsop Trust and I shall be visiting it in June
Sandra Edwards - invalid e-Mail - anybody know the new one?
Hello, my name is Sandra Edwards, nee Oddy, nee Latham. I lived in Cadoxton from 1947 to 1966, and left when I was 18. I have three sisters and one brother, Jennifer, Georgina, June and Neil. We went to Jenner Park School. Jen still lives in Barry, Nina lives in Cornwall, June lives in Wrexham and Neil lives in Barry.
When I left Barry I married Richard Oddy and we had two girls, Tracy and Leanne. We moved to Weston Super-Mare as Richard worked for John Laing Construction.
I married my second husband in Kent in 1975 and lived in Ashford, where I had a son called Kevin, now 28. My husband was a prison officer at Aldington in Kent and then moved to Retford in Nottingham. We also lived in Norwich. My husband has now retired. His name is Michael Edwards, and he came from Intake in Sheffield.
I would like to hear from anyone that remembers any of us.
My name is Lynda Farmer, and I left Barry in 1982 to start my nurse training in Dartford. I still live there, but now work in London as a Ward Sister. I attended Jenner Park, then Bryn Hafren. Some of my friends were Teresa Spence, Julie Montgomery, Tina Watts, and Tracey (Sam) Spring. Friends out of school were Jackie Haynes, Gary Slack, Anthony Jones, Simon Corbin, Simon Dancey etc. As usual we used to drink in The Park and sometimes we ventured into the Barry Hotel back bar before going to the 'Fanny'!
My name is Ron Greenslade and I live in North Wales after leaving Barry in 1976. I first lived in Elizabeth Avenue in the Colcot, then in 35 College Road. I first went to Colcot School, then the High Street School, and finally Romilly Secondary School. My first job was as a shop assistant in Mapole, then Tesco in Holton Road, and then at R.H.M Flour Mills on number 2 Dock.
I'm looking for any old Friends.
Born in Barry Dock in 1938, (Lombard Street), Mother's name was Eileen Scott, (related to the Island Scott's), my sister - Bernice, late brother - Vincent, adopted sister - Alison, Father - David (served in Navy during WW2). I went briefly to Gladstone Road, then to Naval school in Reading 1946-1954. Served apprenticeship on Railway workshops until 1959. Married Monica Newman and moved to Cadoxton (Main Street). National Service 1960-1962 (Welch Regt.), Crickhowell, and the Officers Mess!!!! Worked all over as Welder (down the Leys, (1&2), Gas Board in Grangetown, Wm. Press & Son, E.C.Woods (No.2 Dock), and a lot of time away., until 1972 then moved out to South Africa until 1980. I played soccer for Y.M.C.A., Barry Dock Wanderers, Puma Sports, and Harbour United, and played darts for East End Progressive Club, Dockers Club, and Wenvoe Arms. Came back to UK in 1980 to Telford, Shropshire. In 1985 ran the "Potter's Wheel" Rumney, Cardiff, then the"Bowls Inn" in Penyrheol, Caerphilly until 1988. Moved back to Telford until I retired up to Ayrshire in 2002.
My memories of Barry are ones of happy days over the Knap Pool, swimming and playing touch on the boards at the deep end with no thought of danger!! Dancing (Jiving) 7 nights a week, St.Helens, Alexander Gardens, YMCA, and Saturday up the "HOP" (Memo), and then down to the Savoy. Up the Vic. first for a livener, then to Shardelows for a bottle of QC before going up to the Hop. Going to the Theatre Royal in the 1/6's on Sunday night to listen to the hits of the day.
When I lived in Lombard Street,the gang was Ginger Tobin, Roy Bell, Tony Rich, Creighton Moyle, Colin Chick, Michael Hayes, and Brian Newbould. My nickname was Saunty. Some of the lad's from Puma Sports were Bobby Yandall (now gone), Tommy Russell, Clive Chick, Keith Lake, Tommy Bumford, Brian Perry (Goalkeeper, also now gone I think). Sorry if I missed anyone! Darting lads were Tommy Lake, Maxie Waters, Des Bannister, Des & Georgie Cameron, Alan Amos (Dockers & EEPC), Wenvoe - Sid Shopland (now gone), Carl Twose, Ollie Evans?, and Phil Matthew. So many memories!
My wife and I were down in Barry in April 2007, visiting family and friends, and I took a walk over to Barry Island, through Broad Street tunnel, across the Docks up over the bridge, down to Maslin Park, past Barry Island station to the "Fairground"! I was absolutely disgusted to see the state of the fairground. It is a crying shame to let it get like that. I know that there is a lot of business fighting going on over it, but for heaven sake, if it does close how much revenue will Barry lose? Think of all the people who will take their trade and money to Porthcawl? I didn't think I would ever see my home town in such a shambles as it is now. What has happened to the Football and Rugby teams they used to have? I noticed that even Bindles and the boating lake aren't what they used to be. The good folk of Barry must be appalled at what is happening to their town. I can't help feeling so frustrated as to what Barry used to be and what it is now, though on a positive note, the Kings Square is looking a lot better. I know that my moaning to you is not going to resolve anything, but if you want to send the message of this letter to the local paper,do so by all means.
Being back in Barry, I couldn't help thinking of the good times we used to have in the late 50's. Dancing & boppin' 7 nights a week, the big night was Saturday, firstly up the Memo for the "Hop", then when that finished down to the "Savoy" for the last hour or so. I used to go bopping at:- YMCA, St.Helens, Alexander Gardens, and Jenner Park school as well. Oh, happy days! Drinking in the "Vic", "Windsor", "The Bells", "King Billy", "The Royal". I emigrated to Cadoxton when I got married in 1959 from Barry Dock, and used the "Wenvoe", "Royal", "East End" "Dockers" as well, playing Darts. I played soccer for YMCA, Puma Sports, Harbour United, Barry Dock Wanderers, between 1955 and 1972 when we emigrated to South Africa. (My wife and our 4 children.)
I know I might have repeated myself, telling you all this, but if anyone would like to contact me, I'd be only too happy to hear from anyone, Keep up the good work Steve.
An exiled Barrian in Scotland, John Howells.
I am Gordon Lanham. I grew up in Barry from 1935 to 1951, first of all in Lanham's paper shop in Broad street, opposite the Western Welsh Bus depot near the Theatre Royal cinema, then in Saint Nicholas Road near all Saints Church. I went to Romilly School and Barry County Grammar School, leaving to take up an engineering apprenticeship at Bristol Aeroplane Company as it was called then. I worked there for 20 years until which time I was made redundant due to the end of the Concorde project. During that time I married Pauline Nunns from Horsforth, Leeds and had two boys. I then moved to Leamington Spa in the Midlands working at various places as a computer programmer. My children are now living in Prestatyn North Wales and Newcastle upon Tyne with one grand daughter. I retired in 1996.
I still visit Barry quite frequently to see my sister Barbara Jones and to watch Barry Town AFC - haven't they done well this year in Europe! My interests are football, badminton, computers and family history.
Good luck with your search for Barrians and keep it going - I'm sure I was a classmate of Ken Thomas also on the list!
Glenys Lockley (nee Gratton)
Is this site still going? Thought it was great and did recognise a few names.
Born Glenys Gratton in 1952, Sister to John, Billy and Alan, also the late Joan and Ann from Morel Street, Barry. Went to Jenner Park infants, juniors and seniors, and Barry Tech for just 12 months around 1968. I left Barry in 1970 to live in Chester where I now live.
Glad to hear from anyone!
Hello, my name is Frank Maltby and I was a pupil at Jenner Park Infants School between 1926 and 1927, and went up to the Boys School until July 1934 when I left at the age of 14. I was in Mr. Hwyel Davies' class. Pupils I knew were Clifford Jones, Eddie Morrell, Terence Hawkes, Royston Burrows, Bobby Hearn, Eddie Warburn, Tommy Weston, Alfie Kemp, Stanley Drinkwater, Billy Sinfield, Billy Thomas, John Trevethick and Jimmy Fido.
I am now 86 and live in Nottingham. I started work on the railway as a carriage and wagon builder and repairer. I served my apprenticeship from August 1934 at Annesley Carriage and Wagon shops in Nottinghamshire. Later I became a chargehand and was further promoted to supervisor at Toton, Notts.
Anyone who remembers me can get in touch via this email address.
I am Pam Manwaring, nee Brooksbank, and attended Jenner Park Secondary Modern School in Barry up until 1960. I remember a few pupils that attended at ther same time, Chris Paling, Peggy Cummings, Jeannette Fowler Kay Walters, to name but a few. I also attended the Junior School there. The headmistress at the Girls senior school was Miss Evans, her brother Mr. Evans was the headmaster of the Junior school. Would love to know what happened to these people and if there has or will be a reunion? I originally lived in Lee Road, Cawley Place and then Treharne Road before moving away to Hertfordshire. I am now in Clevedon.
Helen Morris (nee Cooke)
I'm Helen Morris (was Cooke). I'd like to add my name to this website as, having lived away from Barry since I was 25 you have to repeat, time and again, where you come from and you become very proud of it. I never considered myself very Welsh but when you move away from Wales it becomes an important part of you - well that's what I found anyway.
Although I was born in Barry (Woodlands Road) and attended High Street School from infants to senior school before going to Tech, I suppose my 'time' was between 1967 and 1978. Fell in love at 16, Helen Morgan was Miss World, The Water's Edge was the place to be seen in and the Vale pubs and Cardiff were the places to go, Qui Qui Bar being one of the favourites. I owned the Union Jack mini that was brought out to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee and people seem to remember that more than me!! In 1978 my job at Midland Bank in Cardiff took me to London where I married my wonderful husband Ron. In 1990 we went to live in Abu Dhabi for 3 years and stayed 10. In 1992 my husband and I, together with another couple, founded the St David's Society and it's still going strong - I was there in March for the 12th Anniversary Ball. When we left in 2000 I left my heart there as it was a terrific place to live and I've already been back there 3 times.
I now live in Oxfordshire but regularly return to Barry to visit my Stepmother and friends that I've stayed in touch with and more recently have been in e-mail contact with old schoolfriends through Friends Reunited.
I loved reading all the memories my fellow Barrians have written and could repeat a lot of them. Great website.
It's now 2008 and on reading the above I realise that it's out of date as in 2003 I lost my wonderful husband - he didn't survive a third heart operation. He doesn't know he didn't make it, still waiting for that first G&T after the op I like to think! We had had such a lovely life together and I still miss him. However, the old cliché of 'life moving on' is true and I travelled a lot in the UK and abroad and then after three years my niece got me back into the dating scene - what a new world that was but I had some fun. Then I met a lovely man that I am still seeing.
I still visit Barry regularly and it still makes me feel good to drive around the old haunts and see the changes as they happen. Losing the Theatre Royal Cinema recently was a shame for the town though.
Bye for now fellow Barrians
I hope I qualify as a contributor to this site, as my Dad was born in Cadoxton, in 1904. He was Frank O'Callaghan, one of nine brothers, many of whom worked on the docks or joined the Merchant Navy. Their names were Edward, Patrick, Peter Joseph, James, Charles Richard, William, Thomas and Bernard. They lived in Edward Street, Gilbert Street, Robert Street, Beverley Street among others, duting the early 1900s.
I have just discovered that his Grandmother, Johanna O'Callaghan, was a founder of St. Helen's Church.
I am researching the Family History and would be grateful for any info. Perhaps some of your older contributors may have known them.
I know it's a long shot, but better than no shot!
Wish me luck.
Godfrey Owen - invalid e-Mail - anybody know the new one?
Hi my name is Godfrey Owen. I was born in Cardiff in May 1954 and lived in Barry until 1969 when I moved to Bristol when my Dad got promoted. I attended the Colcot infants school and then High Street junior and Romilly schools before moving to Barry boys Comprhensive. I still llive in Bristol but like to come back to Barry when ever I can, you never forget your home town.
Is there anyone out there who remembers me or my sister Janice Owen who was born in September 1957? I would love ot hear from anyone anyway.
Keri Oxbrow (nee Oram)
Hi I was born in Woodlands Road in 1942 but moved to England in 1949/1950 because of my father`s work. My parents were Fred and Isabel (Bill/Bella) Oram and my siblings were Jill, born 1934, and Ricky (Frederick), born 1936. We all attended Gladstone Road Primary School and my sister and brother progressed to the Barry County schools.
My husband and I have visited Barry many times as one of our daughters used to live in Wales and have frequently visited one of my aunts who used to live in Salisbury Road. In July we returned to stay in Barry for one night so we could visit my aunt who is now in a residential home in Cardiff. Whatever else we do, a visit to Barry Island is always top of the list as this is the place, with The Cold Knap, that reminds me of my early childhood. My brother and I used to walk through the docks, climb the rocks, beg for free rides on the scenic railway and collect empty pop bottles to `earn some money` by returning them to the shops. Luckily our parents (nor our sister) never knew what we did or our fun would have been curtailed. They would have been horrified if they had know we used to ask the dock workers for pieces of tarred rope to use as torches for bonfire night which was celebrated with fires on the Boys` Field. Would we have got away with this today?
Recently I have managed to rekindle a childhood friendship and been in contact with one of my many cousins. If anyone remembers our family - unfortunately I am the only one still living - I would love to hear from them. There is a piece posted by Rod Fountain from South Africa and I remember him as our mothers were friends. Unfortunately his e-mail address is incorrect. I would also like to hear from any of my relatives either the Court or the Oram side of the family who might like to exchange family info. While delving into family history I discovered I am a cousin of the author Leslie Thomas, who wrote The Virgin Soldiers.
I would like to say the Welsh flag is displayed on our home every St. David`s Day and when Wales is playing rugby. It does cause a few looks in our small Cambridgeshire village but, although I lived such a short time in Wales, I am still proud to be Welsh and like to show it.
Born in 1967, grew up in Barry, first of all on Holton Road (but I was a tiny baby and can't remember that), then Beaconsfield on Romilly Road, then Park Road, Park Crescent, and finally Porthkerry Road (where my mum still lives). Seemed to spend every spare minute of my youth kicking a football around on the concrete pitch at Chickenwoods. Also spent a lot of time at Birch Grove, down The Knap (where my grandparents lived), Churchill Terrace in Cadoxton (where my nan lived) and Gibbonsdown Rise (where my dad lives), so I've got the whole town covered!
Went to Romilly Infants and Juniors between 1971-78, until I was cruelly snatched away to a boarding school in England for a couple of years (where my mum had got a teaching job). Came back in 1980 and went to Barry Boys', leaving in 1986 to go to university in London, where I still live.
I was a wavy-haired, freckle-faced little kid, a bit of a swot and a shy loner. Until I got a crew cut, turned into a rude boy, got obsessed with music, fell in with a bad crowd (so lucky we never got done for petrol-bombing that church), developed increasingly strange hairstyles and dress sense (that hasn't changed!), and generally became a bit cooler and more popular, haha.
When I was still at school I started writing a music column, 'Simon Says' (godawful name, but I didn't choose it), for the Barry And District News, 1984-86. That was my first break in music journalism, and I've made a living from it ever since. I joined Melody Maker while still at uni, stayed with them for 9 years, quit to write a book (about Manic Street Preachers) which did rather well, then got a job with the Independent On Sunday, for whom I write a weekly column. (That's the day job, anyway. I'm also a club DJ by night.) Quite a glamorous life, in some ways: travelling the world, meeting famous people, blah blah. Beats working for a living.
I still come back to Barry to visit family (although most of my friends have moved away), and can often be found cradling a pint of cider at MacGowan's of all places (my parents' choice, not mine!). I can be contacted via email@example.com
I was born in Cadoxton in December 1936. I have an older brother and a younger sister - both still live in the town. After attending Jenner Park junior school, I was one of two students lucky enough to win a place at Barry Grammar School in 1948 - Gordon Evans joined me. We both lived in Davies Street at that time. He now lives in Dursley, whilst I have a home in parish of Rodborough, Stroud. I see him from time to time at the indoor bowling rink here.
Although I never chose to stay on at school beyond school certificate stage, taking a clerical post in the civil service instead, I did nonetheless keep in touch with many of my old school friends. I have recently returned from a three months "around the world " holiday, meeting up with Alun Rees in Vancouver Island as well as Terry Parry in Toronto. It was good to see them both again - spending many hours talking about old times spent together in Barry. Alun advised me to join Friends Re-United, to get in touch with Wyn Sheryn - in order to progress any chance of attending HOP reunions in the future. I sincerely hope that a group of volunteers come forward sometime soon to keep this tradition going.
Turning to names of particular contemporaries, I would like to mention Alan Clarke, Michael Clemo, Clive Harkus, and Norman Hanson. Each one of these men I remember well but have not seen or heard of for many, many, years. Perhaps I should mention a student from the girls school too? Carol Rouse - who lived in Dock View Road. With the benefit of hindsight, a young lady that I should have married if she would have had me!
In any event, my career in the civil service was interrupted for National Service - I spent most of these two years at The War Office in Whitehall. On returning to the clerical officer post in the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance I was given a job in the Central Office (Wales) at Gabalfa in Cardiff. For a short time, I worked in the Salaries and Wages section but soon enough joined their audit team travelling around their local offices throughout Wales. After passing their internal examination for promotion, I was moved in 1963 to District Audit Service where - many years later - I qualified as a municipal accountant. At this time I lived in Solihull, but was moved on to Gloucester in 1972. Built a house in Stroud and have lived here since then - never regretting it one little bit. It is a lovely part of the country - little wonder that Prince Charles and Princess Anne live close by!
My career moved away from the civil service in 1972. After a brief spell working at British Gas in Bath, I transferred to Wiltshire County Council in Trowbridge in 1974 - where I spent ten happy years. Eventually, the daily travelling journey from Stroud took its toll. I moved into the National Health Service, taking posts at Swindon Health, Gloucester Health as well as the Public Health Authority in London. 1989 was the year I began working at the Agriculture and Food Research Council in Swindon - a "Quango". With thoughts of retirement looming up in my mind, I chose to close my working life with the Bath City Council - joining them in 1992, taking early retirement in 1995 at the age of fifty seven!
Needless to say, I am enjoying the free time available to me nowadays but would still like to meet up with old friends and comtemporaries from Barry Grammar School.
I am anxious to organise one " Grand Final HOP Re Union" in the autumn 2009. In order to move things forward , I need a volunteer (or two? ) to help . If anyone is interested , then please get in touch with me soon - before it maybe considered to be too late : if it isn ' t already! Someone living in or near the town would be useful .
Glyn Roberts, Born Barry 1951, went to Romilly Secondary Modern & lived at 50 Borough Avenue, Colcot for most of my time until leaving in 1971 to live in Cyprus. I'm now living in Fleet, Hampshire. My mothers maiden name was Murphy. I would love to here from anyone from the good old days.
Geoff Rowlands, ex High Street School, I left Barry in 1959 with parents Norma and Theo. Now teaching in Cannock, Staffordshire, and living in Stafford where I am a local councillor. I would be grateful if anybody can help me trace my family. My grandfather (also Theo) was brought up in Dinas Powis
My name is Sylvia Seviour and I lived at Belle Vue Terrace, Cadoxton from 1957 to 1971, when I and my family moved down to Poole, Dorset where we still live!
I worked at the Neale And Kent Hospital between 1969 and 1971 and would love to hear from any of the staff I knew while I was there. I am particularly keen to contact Sandra Hughes who worked there with me. She used to live in Radnor Green but when I went to visit there four years ago, she was no longer there.
My two sons John and Alan went to Cadoxton Schools, and my husband Harry was born in Edward Street in 1922. He used to work on Barry Docks as a crane driver. Sadly he died in 1999. Harry's sister Betty Seviour also lived in Cadoxton until she married in 1940 and relocated to Chesterfield in Derbyshire. Her husband's name was Alwyne Seal. Harry and Betty's mother and father lived in Belle Vue Terrace.
I would love to hear from anybody who knew the family!
Wyndham Sheryn, ex resident of Hywel Crescent on the Witchell Estate.
I was born in 1935 and went to Jenner Park school from the age of 3! and Grammar School 1946-52. I was with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales 1952/53/54. I joined the Royal Army Pay Corps, and went on to teacher training in London, and then Loughborough. I made a career in teaching, before moving to the New Towns Commission, and finally local government in leisure management.
I'm now living in Lancashire - retired, and retrained as a cabinet maker.
My abing memories of Barry are the people I grew up with, many of whom I still see - Phil Gabriel, Graham Humberstone, Alan Rees, Pete Ryan, Graham Pratt, Frances (Dinky) Axelburg, Anne Stevenson, Noreen Early, Gill Dennis and Denise Bassett.
The central memory for me is HOP. The Saturday dance at St Francis church Hall that shaped our social life. Our dance music still rings down the years for me - Johnny Ray, Ella, Louis, Les Paul, The 4 Aces, Jo Stafford - and reminds me of stolen kisses, broken hearts, splendid laughter, beach parties on the 'pebs', Saturday morning coffee at 'the Pickwick' in Holton Road, and dancing at Bindles, Rangers, and of course 'Inter'.
Such is the strength of those memories that a HOP committee was set up and over the last 10 years we have held several wonderful HOP REUNIONS. Mostly at the 'Mem' (The local officials don't like you calling it 'the Mem' by the way!!)
The Committee is now resting on its laurels but I remain custodian of the address database of all those Barrians who went to HOP, either at St Francis or the Mem. If you want to let me have your address or e-mail I will ensure that you are kept up to date with any further developments on the REUNION front.
What we need is a new bunch of younger Barrians (65 year olds will do) to pick up the torch. Any takers? I will help!
My name is Tony Tanner and I was born in Rhiwbina on 7 January 1939 before moving to Barry with my parents and three brothers in 1944. We lived at Little Brynhill Farm, Port Road where my brothers Bill and Ken still live having been farmers and milkmen (my nephews John, Bradley and Matthew still live in Barry also).
I attended Holton Road Primary School before moving to the former Barry Boys Grammar School, Barry Road, which I attended until 1955 . My first job was with HR Paul and sons, Builders Merchants, in Holton Road. I remained there until I was called up for National Service in March 1958 in the RAPC. After 12 weeks training I was posted to CPO Cyprus only to find that most of the 42 boys that I had gone through school with were not only in the same Corp but were also posted to the same unit. During my 3 years in Cyprus I changed to a regular engagement and attended Parachute Training on my return being 1 of only 25% that passed and attained their wings.
This was followed by 3 months in Greece before being posted to Bahrain for 18 months where I visited the Oman, Muscat etc returning to Aldershot in 1964.
In 1965 I was lucky enough, as a convinced bachelor, to meet my wife Betty and 4 months later we were married and have now been married over 38 years. We lived in Farnborough before being posted to Dusseldorf, West Germany where our daughter Nicky was born in August 1968. A posting followed this to the Ministry of Defence and I worked for 3.5 years in Berkeley Square. Our son David was born in September 1970. We then moved to Rheindalhen, near Moechengladbach where I remained until 1980 and the decision was taken that I should retire from the forces to give the children a settled environment.
I became General Manager of Westpoint Furniture in Cardiff, which had a massive turnover and left there when the Directors decided to move back to London. I then became a Domestic Bursar with University College Cardiff running a hall of residence called Llys Tal Y Bont. The hall had 480 rooms and I never had less than 56 nationalities in residence - very interesting!!
It was decided that there were no real prospects for our children so I applied for and became Finance Manager of Guildford College of F & HE. This entails a wide spectrum of duties and having gone through 3 restructures and a merger I finally retire next April. To the relief of my wife and I our children have both got good jobs, homes, are married and we have 2 grandchildren.
I have all the memories referred to by other contributors but was sad to see the last time I visited Barry that all the shops in Holton Road now have steel shutters over their windows - a sign of the times.
I’m Ray Tarling. I lived in Barry most of my younger days, lived on Barry Road and Chilcot Street, my dad worked at the old Court Laundry. I was born in 1953, was a friend of Lawrance Renyolds among others. If you knew me get in touch. I’m also looking for David and Chris Gill or maybe Tarling? Hope someone can help!
My name is Cyril Thomas. I left Barry after getting married and moved to Great Malvern Worcs in 1958 and have lived here ever since.
My address in Barry was 94 Broad Street (opposite Western Welsh Bus Offices). My father Bert was a herbalist at this address. I am the youngest of seven children. I was born in Barry in 1934. I went to High Street Junior School until 1945, then on to Reardon Smiths Nautical College Cardiff before embarking on my sea career in 1951. I joined the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company ( now Shell UK )as an apprentice deck officer until 1957. Thereafter I joined Socony Vacuum Company (now MobilOil/Exxon) until I retired in 1991. I was Master in the Mobil Fleet for 21 years trading worldwide.
I am Ken Thomas, resident and grew up in Barry from 1935 until 1958. My home was in The Grove, from where I attended Romilly School and Barry County Grammar School from 1946 - 54. On to University College Swansea, Geography Degree and Teaching Diploma. First Teaching post in Birmingham, met my wife there, moved to SE London, a Boys Grammar School which became a Comprehensive. Left Teaching in 1989 and ran The Etchingham Stores, a village shop, until October 1999 - and then retired!!
A strange coincidence here - the grave of the wife of Mr T.D.Howells, Barry's Town Clerk circa 1939 when it received its Charter as a Borough, is in Etchingham Churchyard, clearly saying this fact on the headstone. I wonder if any of the family are still in Barry and could tell me how she came to be buried there? I visited Barry briefly last summer, A cousin of mine still lives in the town. Best wishes with your search for old Barrians.
Michelle Walsh - invalid e-Mail - anybody know the new one?
I lived in Barry for my first 32 and a bit years and moved to Sussex in November 2002. I attended Cadoxton Infants followed by Jenner Park and Bryn Hafren Schools. My mum's family were born and bred in Barry - "The Sewells". When I first left school I helped my Grandad, Horace Sewell, running his shop - The Homebrew Shop in High Street - for a couple of years. Then worked at Robertsons Solicitors for a couple of years followed by Cranes Solicitors in Broad Street before jetting off to sunny Sussex, and I now work for a Solicitor in a little village called Forest Row in East Sussex. I am hoping to go to college later this year (2004) as a mature student and train as a Legal Executive (fingers and toes crossed). I now live in Crawley, West Sussex with my partner Alan.
Have had a look through this website and found my Uncle Dennis on there - he lives in Australia. Anyway its great to read so many stories from fellow Barrians. Oh by the way - my brother, Stephen Walsh also lives in East Sussex and runs a pub in Upper Hartfield called "The Gallipot Inn". Keep up the good work.
Phil Webb - invalid e-Mail - anybody know the new one?
Hi - my name is Phil Webb. I was born in December 1945 in what became Coronation Street (renamed from the grandly-titled Graving Dock Street after it won the best-dressed street for the Coronation). I then moved to the newly-completed Merthyr Dyfan council estate at the top of Barry - full of what we called Cornish units - then to North Walk in the Buttrills estate, opposite those elderly prefabs. I later bought my first house in Quarella street in Cadoxton ( I only went to one estate agent and had a choice of 7 houses under £2750 - I could buy that on Visa now!). Moved to Tynewydd Road, the steep hill above Kings Square, and then on to Peterswell Road, then finally away from Barry to Swindon, Bath, back to Penarth for 3 years and now Falmouth in Cornwall.
This website is excellent - certainly stirred a few memories - the hollows in the pebbles for sunbathing at Pebbly Beach; the old boating lake near Cold Knap shaped like a Welsh harp, I found out years later; the treacherous river in the old harbour near the Watchtower that caught out visitors every time the tide came in and hid the dip it caused; the vicious tide that caught every visitor out at Barry Island, especially if low tide was around mid-day tempting the unwary miles out into the Channel until it returned and reached the promenade; November 5th when we all gathered around the Knap at night - I remember some clown jumping over the lake wall at the beach end in the dark without knowing it was a 20 foot drop at that point! Collecting wood for bonfire night and protecting your bonfire against raids from other streets - I remember an American ship coming into the docks and unloading ammunition intended for storage up Newport way and some kids getting into it and stealing grenades - the police tore down every bonfire that year looking for them and one ended up in a house off Coronation Street (Fryatt Street, I think) where the kids stuck it on the gas jet with predictable results.
I remember Mr Davies, my old primary teacher at Gladstone, who seemed to have a sideline with a shop, as I remember. I was in school with the Graham & Sandra Cogbill, and Meryl Owen then on to Barry Grammar with Derek Irish, the Redrups, Tony Newbold, Surridge, Bowsher, Tutsell et al - I don't know if these names mean anything. How about "Biffo" Hughes, "Mousey" Mills (metalwork), Mr Lewis (maths)?
Whilst in the 6th Form I worked holidays at the New Merry Friars on Barry Island.
I started work as an engineering draughtsman with John Graham Engineering in an office in the old Dock Chambers on the docks, about '63-64, until it got flooded one winter and we were offered first choice on the top floor of the Docks Office, after British Rail had moved out to their new headquarters opposite Queens Street station in Cardiff. I worked there sub-contracting to Bristol Siddeley Engines (then Rolls-Royce) for some 9 years working on what became the engines for Concorde, the Jaguar and the Harrier.
I then joined the recently arrived Research Vessel Base (an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council) in their purpose-built offices and workshops across the docks on the Barry Island side of the docks and spent 11 years helping run a fleet of ocean-going research ships until moving to Swindon, Bath, Penarth and here to Cornwall and working for the County Council since 1989.
I could go on and on - poor old King Square looks sad these days, now the town council has moved to its horrible red brick building, and the main emphasis seems to have shifted to the west from Holton Road down to the High Street end. In some ways you should never go back, the old places sometimes diminish when you do and perhaps you should settle for the rose tinted memories.
Nice to see these stories and revive forgotten memories.
I was born in born in Barry 1969. Now living in South Devon with my wife & two children since 2001. I miss Barry a little but not enough to come back as life down here is superb. I still have all my family there and visit from time to time. I read the Barry & District on-line every week but stumbled on this web-site yesterday. Fantastic photographs, so whenever I get a little homesick I will browse through the images. Things have changed quite a bit since I left, e.g. the waterfront and the snazzy apartments situated where Bindles used to be. I remember some blistering summers sat outside having a pint and what a shame that the Knap Lido is no longer in use! Memories of spending my whole summer holidays swimming there are still strong. I have viewed some of the plans for the new development there, looks pretty good. Keep booming Barry!!! Make me proud to be born there!!
Gary, Zoe, Lauren & Oliver Webley
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