Shots of Weston-super-Mare in the 1960s that will take you back in time
PUBLISHED: 16:12 20 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 21 September 2017
The Grand Pier at night in September 1966.
We have been busy diving through the archives and have found a collection of photos from in and around Weston-super-Mare from the 1960s which make us wish we could time travel... do you recognise any of these spots?
Weston Decorators' store in June 1965. The scene at the official opening of the Kings of Wessex in Cheddar. It is glimpsed from the ruins of the old chapel in october 1965. A path in Grove Park becomes a sleigh-run for these youngsters after the snowfall. A one-day blizzard brought chaos to the West Country in the middle of the Christmas holiday in 1964. Grove Park in Weston-super-Mare in May 1965, on a sunny day. Christmas lights in Weston-super-Mare in November 1964. Winter weather hit Weston in January 1966, this scene is from Uphill. A more than usually friendly swan is here seen taking tit-bits from three-year-old Elizabeth Manning in Weston-super-Mare in 1966. Rough seas pound over Knightstone and the Marine Lake breakwater during feirce storms in April 1966. Waiting for the 105 bus in Worle are Jane Bartlett and Keith Gullick in this picture from May 1966. It was a cold and frosty February morning in 1965 when these Birnbeck Pier employees walk the planks.
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A new rescue boat, designed by the RNLI to enable help to be quickly given to yachtsmen in distress, was introduced in May 1966. What the life-saving RNLI crews would have seen when they prepared to launch a lifeboat in the 1960s. The Winter Gardens has always been a popular spot in Weston-super-Mare. Here it is in July 1965. Some of the nurses at the nurses' annual prizegiving in 1966. Nurses at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital's awards. Weston beach had thousands of visitors during a hot summer in 1966. Some of the many thousands of visitors who flocked into Weston-super-Mare on spring bank holiday in 1967. The RSPCA Donkey show held on Weston Beach in 1967. Weston's busy beach in 1967. A busy weekend in Weston-super-Mare in 1967. The £2 million four level interchange between the M4 and M5 at Almondsbury which the Queen inspected when she opened the Severn Bridge. A picture when work demolishing old buildings in Lower Church Road had begun to make way for the construction of Weston-super-Mare's £550,000 eight-storey Technical College. St John's School closed in 1964 after a life of 118 years to make way for the college development.
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The architect's sketch of Weston's Technical College, now known as Knightstone Campus. Autumn in Ashcombe Park in October 1966. Brighter Homes on the corner of Meadow Street, Regent Street and High Street, one of a dozen properties demolised to make way for road improvements. The Boxing Day meet of the Banwell Foxhounds drew a large crowd outside the Woodborough Hotel, Winscombe in 1966. The former Abbey National Building Society office in High Street, Weston-super-Mare. Scouts and cubs of the Weston-super-Mare continue to parade through the town each year on St George's Day. Classes in Medan rhythmic movement, as a means of keeping fit were held weekly at Uphill in 1967. Wreckage of the helicopter which crashed within 30 yards of the Long Cross housing estate at Felton. Three Army personnel died. Some of these classic cars may still be displayed in Weston during vintage events. Hundreds of holiday-makers and residents thronged to the Beach Lawns for Weston-super-Mare Diary Festival in 1967. New bigger single-deck buses, which carried more passengers, were launched in Weston-super-Mare in August 1967. The parade of puddings at East Brent Harvest Home in 1967, a tradition still taking place in 2017.
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