These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian on April 2, 1964.

A Cwmgors pub landlord challenged anyone in South Wales to run the gauntlet of drinking a pint of each of the 23 different beers he had on offer at a single sitting.

One regular had already failed the test when he stumbled out of the premises after downing his 15th pint complaining of “excessive gas”.

A Llandybie mother and son were buried together after dying 12 hours apart at opposite ends of the country.

Margaret Thomas, aged 81, died at home while her 41-year-old son David suffered a fatal heart attack later the same day while visiting Bradford in West Yorkshire.

Tycroes voters were expected to find themselves in a quandary on polling day after it emerged that a mix-up at party HQ had seen the Labour party submitting two candidates for the seat ahead of the upcoming county council elections.

Labour had nominated their preferred candidate after forgetting that the current incumbent – who won the previous election under the Plaid Cymru banner – had switched allegiances some 18 months earlier and had also been registered as a Labour candidate.

The John White Footwear factory in Ammanford continued its meteoric rise with the opening of a new training section.

The 30 all-female trainees joined the 120-strong workforce amid promises of at least another 100 staff being taken on over the coming months.