Our series of asking Weston-super-Mare figures to name their top 10 favourite pieces of music continues this week, with councillor and local historian John Crockford-Hawley sharing his ideal playlist. Imagine this as Desert Island Discs, only based on Steep Holm Island. Here are Cllr Crockford-Hawley’s picks...


John Penrose reclaimed his seat as Weston-super-Mare’s MP a month ago. Since then, Weston General Hospital’s A&E has been temporarily closed overnight. Reporter Sarah Robinson sat down with him to talk about what it will take to regain a 24-hour service.

Yesterday, 07:00

Waste collection in North Somerset ‘has not been good enough’ since the £10million-a-year contract with a new company began, senior councillors have admitted.

Wed, 20:00

A soul weekend with more than 20 DJs taking part has moved from Reading to Weston, as organisers needed a bigger venue for the ever-expanding event.

Wed, 18:00

Worle’s library will close today (Friday) ahead of it moving to the nearby children’s centre building.

Wed, 15:48

Weston-super-Mare’s coastguard has issued a warning about the dangers of tombstoning after a number of young people were spotted jumping into the sea from the cliffs around Knightstone last night (Tuesday).

Wed, 11:00

A date has been confirmed for a by-election in North Worle, following the death of councillor Derek Mead.

Wed, 08:00

Fierce battles were fought in a Weston park on Saturday, where sword-wielding Vikings met one another in combat.

Tue, 18:36

Award-winning actress Michelle Terry has been announced as Shakespeare’s Globe’s new artistic director this week. But she is not the only acting talent to emerge from Weston-super-Mare. Here are some other famous names with links to the town...

Tue, 07:00

An appeal for a new scanner for Weston General Hospital has reached the half-way point.

Mon, 15:11

An Oliver Award-winning actress who grew up in Weston-super-Mare has accepted a prestigious job at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A piano smashing contest was banned from the seafront 50 years ago, the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported. Here are the stories from July 21, 1967.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Mercury playlist is back, and this week we asked The Playhouse’s manager Mark Thompson for his top 10 favourite tracks. Imagine this as Desert Island Discs, only on Steep Holm island.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weston-super-Mare’s tennis clubs could benefit from a pot of money aimed at improving outdoor courts and increasing participation.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A much-loved 21-year-old Weston-super-Mare chef who was ‘finding his way in life’ drowned in an accident while he was travelling in Asia, prompting an £8,000 fundraising campaign to bring his body back to the country.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A primary school teacher from Weston-super-Mare faces jail over charges relating to indecent images of children after he admitted being part of a chat room where paedophiles shared horrific videos.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The co-founder of a Weston-super-Mare-based charity which has supported thousands of children with additional needs and disabilities has stepped down from her role after 30 years.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The walkway by Weston-super-Mare’s Marine Lake has been closed this week due to a slippery surface – but it will re-open today (Wednesday).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thunderstorms have been predicted for Weston-super-Mare and North Somerset later this week.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Weston-super-Mare’s political parties have started to choose who will represent them in a likely by-election following the sudden death of councillor Derek Mead.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Volunteers who have spent the past five years improving a public garden in Weston-super-Mare are embarking on their biggest challenge yet, with the launch of a fundraising campaign.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sonic booms shattered the peace over Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago, and the news was reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald. Here are some of the headlines from July 14, 1967.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A children’s charity is working with a Weston family to help them go on a respite holiday after a two-year-old boy undergoes open heart surgery.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hazy Days has been hailed as a triumph – so for this week’s Mercury Playlist we have pulled together songs from some of the fantastic acts who performed at the Weston-super-Mare festival. Relive the best moments of the festival, or imagine yourself there, by taking a listen…

Friday, July 14, 2017

The crumbling north jetty on Weston-super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier is no closer to being demolished, six months after the developer was forced to stop work as it did not have the necessary permissions in place.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Winter Gardens on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront opened 90 years ago today (Friday). To mark the occasion, we are taking a look back at the building’s history and future.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A theatre group for Weston-super-Mare youngsters is rolling back the years to the 1920s for a performance of Bugsy Malone.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weston-super-Mare is at its most beautiful when the sun is shining – and there are many ways to enjoy it. Here is how you can spend your time in the sun.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A headteacher who is retiring after nearly four decades in schools says he feels positive about the future of education.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The skeleton of a whale caught off Weston-super-Mare’s beach 157 years ago has been put back together again after decades collecting dust in a museum storeroom.

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