I have just been in St Hilary with my wife. Her family ran The Bush Inn in the 1960s and I loved the village. My father in law is buried here. His name is Mel Barnet, and he took part in the weightlifting competition at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. I hope to come back soon.
This is a note about Mel Barnet from the Wales Weighlifting Federation website:
The outstanding lifter from Wales at European Championships must be Mel Barnett, who in 1950 at Paris won 2nd place behind Jacov Kutsenko of Russia in the +82.5 kg class and occupied a similar position in the +90 kg category behind Heinz Schattner of Germany. At Vienna Barnett made it 3 European Silver medals when coming second to the Russian Arkadi Vorobiev in the 90 kg class. Mel Barnett also won a bronze medal at the Paris World Championships which was won by John Davies USA.