These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardain 50 years ago on July 16, 1964.

Carmarthenshire was set to employ a “super salesman” to promote the region to national businesses.

The post – created to “dress the county’s shop window” – was set up to encourage inward investment.

The Battle of Waterloo was won, not on the playing field of Eton as Wellington once said, but on the banks of the River Towy, it was revealed.

The Carmarthenshire Archivist and Wales Herald of Arms Extraordinary, Major Francis Jones, unearthed documents showing that oak grown around Llandeilo had been used to build Nelson’s battleships and the gun carriages with which Wellington defeated Napoleon on June 18, 1815.

Two Towy Valley farmers were fined for failing to keep control of their dogs at night following complaints from sleepless neighbours.

One apologised for his pet’s behaviour while the other told magistrates he had already had his cacophonous canine destroyed.

Overflowing Llandovery cesspools were scheduled to be cleared after town councillors agreed to loan “a cesspool emptying machine” from neighbouring Llandeilo.

The decision came following a series of complaints from town residents about the smell.

A Cross Hands teenager was sent for “Borstal training” after he admitted stealing a transistor radio and a table lamp.

The 18-year-old had previously been subject to three-year’s probation after he admitted assaulting a policeman while drunk.