Cardiff, Maindy Stadium c.1960

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Caption for Cardiff, Maindy Stadium C1960: There are no 'chariots of fire' here now. When the picture was taken, Maindy was the premier athletics track in Cardiff, and used by clubs and schools from all over the Vale of Glamorgan. The all-indoor Millennium Stadium, described as 'the finest in Europe', has made Maindy redundant.

An extract from Cardiff Photographic Memories.

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I like this photograph because it reminds me of when I used to travel in to Cardiff by train from Barry where I lived. I worked in the National Provincial Bank in St.Mary Street. I had some lovely friends and times

My Grandparents William Garside and Evelyn Bowden were married on 29th February 1896 in Cardiff and Grandad lived in Roath prior to his marriage. I imagine they may have also stood in this spot when courting, looking quite similar.

Our great grandfather was a stone mason named William Jones. His daughter, our grandmother, told us many years ago that her father was killed in a fall while working on the construction of the City Hall. It had to be after January 1900 as he was present at Grans' wedding in Jan 1900. I have been unable to confirm (...Read full memory)

The David Morgan Dept store left of picture was one of the few privately owned Dept Stores in the U.K. This store sadly closed down in 2006 and is now being refurbished and made into apartments and smaller shops.

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Caption for Cardiff, Maindy Stadium C1960: There are no 'chariots of fire' here now. When the picture was taken, Maindy was the premier athletics track in Cardiff, and used by clubs and schools from all over the Vale of Glamorgan. The all-indoor Millennium Stadium, described as 'the finest in Europe', has made Maindy redundant.

An extract from Cardiff Photographic Memories.

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