THESE are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian 50 years ago.

PLANS to construct a bypass around Llandybie were said to be at an advanced stage.

“The increase in traffic going through the village makes it a necessity that a bypass be built to alleviate the growing problems,” one councillor said.

A MOTHER and daughter from Caerbryn both managed to make it to the registry office on time where they married in separate ceremonies. The pair swapped roles to get hitched straight after one another.

A ROW over dressing rooms between two Ammanford football clubs was likely to lead to the construction of new sports facilities after players from Ammanford Bears and the Pullman Factory side had almost come to blows ahead of the latest round of home fixtures.

“We can’t have players fighting each other over coat-hooks every other week so we need a building with more changing rooms,” the town council was told.

THERE was still no word on the missing Penybanc schoolboy who was believed to have run away in search of adventure some six weeks after his disappearance.

The 15-year-old’s mother had resigned herself to the belief that her son had managed to gain a berth aboard a trawler at Bristol Docks and was currently on the high seas.

DRIVERS were being told to avoid overtaking other vehicles on the road “unless it was absolutely necessary”.

“Running the risk of overtaking is just not worth it,” a motorist said in one meeting.

This week in history

July 31: 1991: The US and the Soviet Union sign the Start treaty to reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads by about a third.

August 1, 1976: Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda is involved in a life-threatening crash in Nurburgring

August 2, 1934: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.

August 3, 1936: Jesse Owens wins the 100-metre dash defeating Ralph Metcalfe at the Berlin Olympics.

August 4, 1946: An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 hits northern Dominican Republic. 100 are killed and 20,000 are left homeless.

August 5, 1962: Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at the age of 36.

August 6,1945: US drop atomic bomb on Japanese city Hiroshima. It is estimated that between 90,000 and 146,000 people were killed.

The picture of Ammanford Firemen 1955/6 was submitted by David Williams of Carregamman, Ammanford.