LED by “Queen Lydia Lee”, the gypsies of Leckwith Common came to Cardiff Magistrates Court again to face nearly 300 summonses for keeping caravans and tents on the common.
“Queen Lydia” appealed for her people to be given a place in which “to live in peace”, when she was asked by magistrates Messrs Trevor Williams, presiding, and AG Lewis if she wished to speak on their behalf.
“We have no other place to go,” she said. “We would be satisfied to pay £1 a week to stay there, but, as it is now we can scarcely get bread to eat let alone anything else.”
Lee said she was certain that the gypsies kept the common clean.
“We have to live somewhere gentlemen, just the same as you,” she told the magistrates.
Court Inspector J Attken said the object of the continual summonses was to “get rid of these people.
“Lydia Lee promised to leave the city in 1941,” he said. AN OPPORTUNITY for those fancying the Edwardian style of clothes to enlarge their wardrobe comes in a novel search for the best-dressed man in Cardiff.
Organised by Mr A Gray, manager of the Olympia Theatre the search for the smartest Edwardian will end with the presentation of an ostentatious waistcoat on stage at the cinema.
The film being shown next week, Beau Brummell, tells the life story of the best-dressed Regency dandy, played by Stewart Granger.
Mr Gray wants to see how the modern young man compares in dress with the most colourful “beau” of the “good old days”. HOW do you spell it – exstacy, eckstasy or ecstasy? “It’s an absolute tonguetwister,” said Mr Stuart Hallinan at Cardiff Stipendiary Magistrates Court yesterday. “Half the people in the world cannot spell it properly. I would like to test this court.”
He was defending a motorist accused of driving under the influence of drink. A doctor asked the motorist to spell “ecstasy” as one of the tests for drunkenness carried out at Cardiff police station. He failed. BECAUSE the groundsman at the Heath Bowling Greens, Cardiff, has found spent bullets in the turf of the greens, the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor (Coun Llewellyn Jenkins) is to complain to the Army authorities at nearby Maindy Barracks.
“There is a high wall between the Army firing range on the Barracks field and a public footpath,” he told a South Wales Echo reporter today, “and yet bullets are frequently being dug out of the Bowling Green on the far side of the path.
“I know that soldiers have been using the firing range for quite a long time now, but I have received so many complaints about this matter that I felt bound to do something about it.
“The footpath is closed when firing in operation and that it is often an inconvenience to people wanting to use it, but I am seriously worried about the bullets being found in the ground,” he said. HERR Willibald Koch, dual fly and bantam-weight champion of Germany, was not the only one whose face was red last night. Dai Dower, 21-year-old Abercynonborn Empire fly-weight kingpin, gave the lie to persistent criticism that he was a powder-puff puncher when he knocked out the 31-year-old German in the third round of a scheduled 10-round contest at Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff.
Weighing 8st 4lb – the heaviest he has been – Dower forsook his normal dancing-master role for that of an aggressive two-fisted fighter, boring in with left hooks and right crosses with an obvious attempt to upset his man in jig time.
This was not the vintage Dower. The extra weight seemed to have dulled his usual fine edge. But this warm-up fight, short though it was, should prove a confidence builder for his British title fight on February 8 with the lanky Lancastrian, Eric Marsden.
Summed up, it was a case of Koch being outboxed, outslugged...and OUT! THOUSANDS of Welsh fans poured into London today by rail and road for Cardiff City’s match with Arsenal, adding their high spirits to the Cup-tie fever over five “glamour games” taking place in the capital.
British Railways organised five excur-