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Caption for Barry Island, Whitmore Bay 1899: This shows a quiet day at Barry beach, with the only sign of life a rowing boat with its landing ramp. Nells Point is in the background, with construction of the Submarine Miners Garrison HQ under way. The old coastguard building stands out further down the point and gave panoramic views of the Channel both up and down, which was essential before the advent of radio.

Memories of Barry Island

I was born and bred Barry Island. My mother and father had a fish and chip shop under the Western shelter. I can remember wonderful summer days, playing on the sands and making friends with children from the valleys. They thought my life wonderful! Can anybody remember the Gwalia cafe built on the rocks at Nells Point and (...Read full memory)

Some of my best memories of Barry Island are from the week-ends I used to go to the skating rink which was situated above the block of shops on the sea side of the pleasure park overlooking the prom and sea. Three of us waited all week for this wonderful evening. We were, me, Pat Baker (Overstreet) (...Read full memory)

In the early 1940s my father was a coastguard stationed at Barry Island. I was about 5 years old and I vividly remember that one day I was sat on my 3-wheeled bike at the top of the hill and a German aircraft flew over at a very low altitude, I could see the pilot's face clearly. It was followed by two Spitfires which (...Read full memory)

I traveled to Barry Island every summer because it was the nearest seaside to Brynmawr where we lived. The excitement of seeing the sea was overwhelming, and every time I would be sick on the old coach taking us there.  We would first spend a few hours on the beach, then a walk around the shops, hoping (...Read full memory)

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