CARDIFFREMEMBERED Fes­tiv­i­ties crit­i­cised in 1947 as cas­tle is handed to the peo­ple

South Wales Echo - - CARDIFF REMEMBERED -

WHAT was hap­pen­ing in Cardiff 70 years ago?

Well, I can re­veal that Norma Dupree, of Menelaus Street, and Nancy Watts, of Rail­way Street, were both re­cip­i­ents of the Bute Dowry, each re­ceiv­ing £30.

And else­where in the city, some 20,000 spec­ta­tors turned up at Roath Park Lake to wit­ness the Western Mail & Echo-spon­sored Taff Swim, and Tom Holt, of We­ston-su­per-Mare, won the men’s race and Croy­don’s El­iz­a­beth Hill the ladies’ event.

It was the first time the Taff Swim, which used to take place in the river Taff, had been held since 1939.

My lit­er­ary friend, poet and au­thor Peter Finch, was born in 1947, and so was BBC Wales’ broad­caster and folk singer Frank Hen­nessy.

Coun­cil­lor RG Shute for­mally opened the first two Cor­po­ra­tion houses in the docks area and the Earl of Ply­mouth pre­sented the Welsh Folk Mu­seum to the cit­i­zens of Cardiff.

The daily con­sump­tion of milk in Cardiff was some 20,146 gal­lons and fears of a wa­ter short­age af­ter a rain­less month were dis­pelled by city wa­ter engi­neer GW Gover.

I was a pupil of St Peter’s RC Sec­ondary Mod­ern School, which was des­tined to be knocked down and re­placed by a block of flats, and on Septem­ber 10 the Most Hon­ourable John Crich­ton-Stu­art, the Fifth Mar­quess of Bute, handed over Cardiff Cas­tle and its grounds to the cit­i­zens of Cardiff.

Thou­sands crowded out­side the cas­tle to wit­ness the oc­ca­sion and a choir of 250 Cardiff schoolchil­dren sang when the mar­quess ar­rived.

All Cardiff schoolchil­dren were

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