MR PETER J A CONNELL’S EXCELLENT LETTER about the old B&W movie ‘Tiger Bay’ (Sea Breezes, June 2012) was most interesting. The film was very well received at my old home town of Penarth in South Wales and surprisingly, I possess clear recollections of some of its dialogue.
Like for instance when Gillie (Hayley Mills) says to Bronislav Korchinsky (Horst Buchholz) that there are ‘lots of ships in Cardiff’ also, when the Master of the Poloma remarks that the delay to his ship will cost his company thousands of dollars.
The part of the film that I remember the clearest is when the kids in the cinema started yelling “you can’t get through, you can’t get through”. An explanation of this is that the road the 1950s black Humber cars were ‘racing’ along was only a side road leading to the main Cardiff/ Barry highway. The road shown in the film is near the coastal village of Swanbridge which is close to another small place called Lavernock. There is no connecting road joining these two hamlets and so that’s what the “can’t get through” yells from the boys and girls was all about. The area was of course well known to us.
Last year I finally got around to bringing my Kiwi wife Sharon home for a holiday and so for old times’ sake I checked out the above road and to my surprise, even sixty odd years down the track, you still “can’t get through”.
Whilst in the UK last year I also I had a wander around Cardiff’s Tiger Bay area. The changes since the 1960’s were considerable and not all for the better. Sadly, the old Mercantile Marine Offices, where I was examined and issued with my certificates is now derelict.
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