YESTERDAYS 1955

South Wales Echo - - YESTERDAY -

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-

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