These were the stories hitting the headlines 50 years ago in the South Wales Guardian.

PLANS for a booster television station in Ammanford have been completed by BBC engineers. They now await approval by the Postmaster General before tenders for the work are advertised.

RUBBISH waiting to be collected piled up on the pavements outside Ammanford town centre business premises and outside many private homes after dustmen announced they were on strike.

AMMANFORD is yet another strip nearer its own Welsh school, Carmarthenshire Education authority is now agreeing for final approval of the accommodation it has selected.

THE possibility of a large scale fire developing in Ammanford’s Quay Street was narrowly avoided after the rear of a dress shop was set alight. No one was hurt.

A 35-YEAR-OLD scrap merchant was fined £2 by Ammanford magistrates after being found guilty of failing to keep current records of crumbling and falling to a new ‘invader.

PLANS to open a new shaft at Betws colliery have been shelved by the coal board.

Instead, so-called “sunshine miners” were expected to begin prospecting the 356-acre site to ascertain its potential for an opencast facility.

A VAN driver from Tycroes who had appeared before magistrates to maintain his innocence after being charged with dangerous driving changed his plea to guilty after being stung by the evidence of a 78-year-old witness.

The 20-year-old told the court he had been “genuinely surprised”.

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June 27, 2007: Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he held since 1997.

June 28, 1991: Margaret Thatcher gives up her seat in the House of Commons.

June 29, 1960: BBC’s new centre is to be the “Hollywood” of the small screen.

June 30, 1969: Millions face starvation when the Nigerian government bans night flights of food by the Red Cross.

July 1, 1997: Hong Kong is handed back to the Chinese authorities.

July 2, 1964: The Civil Rights Bill becomes law.