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A Cardiff Century
A capital city for Wales

Brian Lee in association with the South Wales Echo

In 2005, the historic city of Cardiff celebrates its centenary as a city and 50 years as the capital city of Wales. By way of a celebration, this fascinating book focuses mainly on a post-war Cardif, reminding readers how their much-loved city looked in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with an occasional glance back to the distant past.

Cardiffians will be able to visit once again city centre streets, shops and cinemas that are long gone. They will be able to go horse racing at Ely Racecourse, greyhound racing at the world famous Cardiff Arms Park and speedway racing at the old Penarth Road stadium, taking in the annual Taff Swim and other sporting events along the way.

Old pubs which are now just a memory will be revisited, and with transport by way of tram and trolley bus there's no worry on how to get home. Readers will witness special occasions like the opening of Churchill Way in 1949 and there will be plenty of street party celebrations to attend. There will be dancing at the Top Rank and other lost dance halls and, for the more serious-minded, visits to the old East Moors steel works and other places of work that provided Cardiffians with a good living.

With this great collection of evocative pictures from the past, the reader is in for a real nostalgic treat. Carefully compiled by well-known local historian Brian Lee, drawing on the magnificent archives of the South Wales Echo, this book is sure to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of Cardiff, for fifty years the proud capital of Wales.




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