Howard Win­stone, Millicent Martin and Sun­day foot­ball were among the sto­ries mak­ing the news in South Wales more than 50 years ago...

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Howard Win­stone is a wanted man

Vic­to­ri­ous Howard Win­stone, at last con­queror of the world feath­er­weights, is a wanted man.

His tri­umph over Ja­pan’s Mit­sunori Seki, at the Royal Al­bert Hall, brought of­fers for him to de­fend his proud ti­tle in Amer­ica, Spain, Mex­ico and pos­si­bly Ja­pan.

A so-happy Win­stone, his burn­ing am­bi­tion fi­nally ful­filled, had top pro­mot­ers queu­ing at his dress­ing room door after cham­pion of the Ori­ent Seki had been stopped by the ref­eree in the ninth round with a badly cut eye.

So Win­stone, Wales’ first world cham­pion since Jimmy Wilde lost the fly­weight cham­pi­onship in 1923, has the world on a string... and he plans to sit on his golden rain­bow un­til the time is ripe for him to come out of the glory clouds he has fought so hard to reach.

He is only the third Welsh­man ever to win a world ti­tle and com­pletes a unique Welsh hat-trick, Fred­die Welsh, Wilde and Win­stone.

Apol­ogy given after sym­pa­thy card er­ror

Ray­mond Gower, MP for Barry, apol­o­gised to a Radyr house­wife for send­ing her a let­ter of sym­pa­thy on the death of her mother – who was still alive.

Jacque­line Parkins, 30, of The Green, Radyr, was stunned when she read the let­ter of con­do­lence on House of Com­mons notepa­per – only the night be­fore she had spent a happy evening with her 54-year-old mother in Cardiff.

Mrs Parkins said: “I just couldn’t be­lieve my eyes. It was a ter­ri­ble shock and the let­ter looked so im­pres­sive.

“I re­alised a ter­ri­ble mis­take had been made but I im­me­di­ately rang my mother to make sure she was all right.

“My hus­band Keith tele­phoned Mr Gower about it. Mr Gower said he was sorry and there must have been a mis­take but it was the first time in his 17 years as an MP.”

In his let­ter Mr Gower wrote: “I am sorry to learn of the death of your mother.

“I re­alise words are in­ad­e­quate but I trust you may find strength to bear your loss.”

Mr Gower said: “I am ter­ri­bly sorry. This was a gen­uine er­ror. I can ap­pre­ci­ate it was dis­tress­ing. In 17 years I have writ­ten thou­sands of let­ters to con­stituents.

“It has never hap­pened be­fore. My sec­re­tary got the name from the news­pa­per.

“It was quite easy to make a mis­take be­tween Perkins and Parkins.”

Not one but two life boat ships...

Ships in dis­tress in the Bris­tol Chan­nel will soon not have one but two lifeboats rac­ing to their aid from Barry Docks.

A new £44,000 lifeboat had just com­pleted rig­or­ous cap­siz­ing tri­als at Low­est­oft, Suf­folk, and will team up with the sta­tion’s present boat, Rachel and Mary Evans.

Both will be put out to­gether to all calls as part of ex­ten­sive com­par­i­son tri­als be­tween the new 14-knot steel boat, Arthur and Blanche Har­ris, and the 30 year old wooden boat ca­pa­ble of only nine knots.

“We do not know yet how they will com­pare in our short choppy seas with their fre­quent sand­banks,” said Barry’s coxswain Melvyn Hobbs.

“In this sort of sea we do not know quite what the ad­van­tages of the new boat will be.

“But if she is suc­cess­ful. I ex­pect she will be kept here.”

Sun­day foot­ball now on

Com­pet­i­tive Sun­day foot­ball was to be played for the first time at the week­end.

The his­tory-mak­ing Welsh League game (Tonyre­fail v Aber­gavenny) was be­ing held at the Wel­fare Park at 2.30pm.

Butcher John Bur­rows, the Tonyre­fail sec­re­tary, said: “We are de­lighted Aber­gavenny have agreed to play here on Sun­day.”

The match has re­ceived of­fi­cial bless­ing from the Welsh FA and was ap­proved ini­tially at Welsh League level and sub­mit­ted by the league for FAW ap­proval.

Tonyre­fail have been at the fore­front of the Sun­day foot­ball bat­tle.

As long ago as July they asked Welsh League clubs to play matches on Sun­days.

“The con­ti­nen­tal Sun­day must come to this coun­try some time,” added Mr Butcher.

New Peter Pan for city’s New Theatre

Millicent Martin, was com­ing to Cardiff to star in JM Bar­rie’s Peter Pan at the New Theatre. The fa­mous chil­dren’s story was to run for a week at the Theatre.

Mil­lie is the 37th ac­tress to have played Peter on the stage and joins such names as Anna Nea­gle, Gla­dys Cooper and Mar­garet Lockwood.

Faith­ful Wendy is to be played by Mia Martin – no re­la­tion to Mil­lie. Apart from her act­ing abil­ity, Mia was se­lected from more than 60 au­di­tioned for her height. She is one inch shorter than Mil­lie, who is one of the short­est ac­tresses ever to have played Peter.

Dark times fore­cast

Will Payn­ter, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers, said that 1968 would be one of the black­est years they had ex­pe­ri­enced – “not only in the min­ing in­dus­try, but in the coun­try as a whole”.

Mr Payn­ter was speak­ing at Ystradg­yn­lais at a con­fer­ence at­tended by del­e­gates from trade unions and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to protest at the im­pend­ing clo­sure of Ynysced­wyn Col­liery, Aber­crave.

Mr Payn­ter said there must be al­ter­na­tive em­ploy­ment where pits were closed.

The Oc­tu­pus Ride risk in New­port

Po­lice at New­port had been alerted to watch for young chil­dren who were risk­ing their lives play­ing a game they called – The Oc­to­pus Ride – hang­ing on to the rear of lor­ries trav­el­ling to and from the Old Town Docks.

A po­lice spokesman warned: “This is a silly and dan­ger­ous prac­tice and could re­sult in very se­ri­ous or tragic con­se­quences.”

The chil­dren, mostly boys aged be­tween seven and 11, wait at the top of the Oc­to­pus Bridge for heav­ily laden lor­ries trav­el­ling be­tween Dock Street and the Old Town Dock.

As the ve­hi­cles pass chil­dren hang on to the tail­boards and cross the bridge be­fore let­ting go.

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