100 years ago

Newport post office announced that owing to disorganised rail services there would be considerable alterations and diminutions to the postal services at Newport and other large towns in the kingdom.

Two wounded Dragoon guards who were returned to Newport barracks after being treated for their injuries gave an interview to the South Wales Argus in which they claimed the the Germans were the 'biggest cowards on earth"

A Newport resident was charged with unlawfully acting in such a manner as to create disaffection or alarm among the Kings subjects after he stamped on a badge bearing the King's picture.

The Newport Women's Emergency Corps had been called out to local families who had appealed for help after husbands and fathers called up for enlistment had not been heard from, and the families had been left without adequate food or clothing.

50 years ago

Part of what archaeologists think was a baby's skull was unearthed at a dig at a building site near Granville Street, Monmouth, arm and leg bones were also found which were though to be 200 years old.

Michael Foot was given the unanimous support of the Ebbw Vale divisional Labour Party, as their candidate for the election. In a speech he warned of a Tory threat to the steel industry.

The second section of the road deck for the new bridge over the River Severn was launched from the slipway of the Fairfield engineering yard, Chepstow into the River Wye and then pushed further down the river to a mooring by the Severn.

Homes in most parts of Pontypool were without water owing to cuts imposed by Pontypool and district water company.

25 years ago

Mayor Rosemary Butler joined residents of Darlington Court, Newport to toast the transformation of a former furniture store into flats for the elderly.

There was to be no let up in water rationing despite there having been rain over the weekend. Three inches of rain had falls which was enough to put back further rationing by seven to ten days.

Workers at Cwmbran's Ferranti factory were reeling from news that the electronics giant was being investigated amid allegations of fraud.

Following the recent World tour to South Africa the WRU held an unscheduled meeting to decide on whether to sever all links with the country