A capital city for Wales
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
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.