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Picture Past: August 11, 1967 – schoolchildren ‘infested with vermin’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 August 2017

The new bigger single-deck buses, which carry more passengers, are now in service at Weston.

The new bigger single-deck buses, which carry more passengers, are now in service at Weston.

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Explosive drama off the coast and sporting action were making the headlines 50 years ago this week, as we delve back into the archives to explore the news from August 11, 1967.

The prizewinners in the 204th entry RAF Locking radio school - (seated) Cpl. App. W.H. Newson, App. P.W. Carr, (standing) App. D.W. Blick, Sgt. App. B.E. Rogers, Cpl. App. C.E. Pettit and App. C.N. Campbell. The prizewinners in the 204th entry RAF Locking radio school - (seated) Cpl. App. W.H. Newson, App. P.W. Carr, (standing) App. D.W. Blick, Sgt. App. B.E. Rogers, Cpl. App. C.E. Pettit and App. C.N. Campbell.

• A ‘veritable arsenal’ of wartime weapons was discovered off the coast at Sand Bay.

RAF helicopters were called in after an unexploded bomb was discovered the previous week.

Crews swept the shoreline in an effort to clear up any other dangerous weaponry.

Tina and Susan Duckett of Brean pose for a picture with one of the birds at Weston-super-Mare Budgerigar Society sixth open show in the Albert Memorial Hall, Oxford Street. Tina and Susan Duckett of Brean pose for a picture with one of the birds at Weston-super-Mare Budgerigar Society sixth open show in the Albert Memorial Hall, Oxford Street.

A 250lb bomb, a mine, three depth charges, an aerial torpedo and two ‘hedgehog bombs’ were discovered.

Experts from the RAF’s bomb disposal unit were then called in to carry out a controlled explosion, while members of the emergency services used loud-hailers to ensure an inquisitive crowd which had gathered on the shoreline did not get too close.

• Weston had seen a 500 per cent increase in TV licence applications in the wake of a clampdown on fee dodgers.

Push start for Bob Griggs from Weston Round Tablers David Dodgson, Ken Hurst, John Evett and Ralph Watkins. They were taking part in a contest with Mendip Tablers on the Go-Kart track at Weston Rugby ground. Push start for Bob Griggs from Weston Round Tablers David Dodgson, Ken Hurst, John Evett and Ralph Watkins. They were taking part in a contest with Mendip Tablers on the Go-Kart track at Weston Rugby ground.

Efforts to clamp down on piracy begun after it was ‘assumed that most people have a television set or radio nowadays’.

• Magistrates were not feeling in a charitable mood.

A 16-year-old boy was hauled before the courts after being spotted by police sharing a bicycle with a friend – even though the bike had not been ‘specially adapted’ for more than one rider.

All the carefree enjoymeent of the summer school-holidays is captured in these pictures taken in Ashcombe Park. Left to right: Sally Lucas, Steven Barrett and Anthony Keyes. All the carefree enjoymeent of the summer school-holidays is captured in these pictures taken in Ashcombe Park. Left to right: Sally Lucas, Steven Barrett and Anthony Keyes.

The boy’s explanation that he was being taken home by a friend cut no ice with the bench, who fined him £1 for his conduct.

• School health inspections yielded unpleasant results – some 318 out of the 28,024 Somerset children inspected were revealed to be ‘infested with vermin’.

• The Playhouse theatre was enjoying a successful summer.

Ads 11th August 1967 Edition. Ads 11th August 1967 Edition.

Charles Vance’s comedy shows ensured the ‘house full’ signs were in regular use, with Boeing Boeing proving a summer season highlight.

• Weston ran league opponents close in a pre-season football friendly – despite going a goal behind inside the first minute.

The Seagulls eventually lost 3-1 to Newport County, but earned praise from fans and management for a battling peformance.

Ads 11th August 1967 Edition. Ads 11th August 1967 Edition.

• Somerset County Cricket Club’s festival fixtures in Clarence Park proved a success.

The club was well on track to make the £1,000 it needed to sustain the festival, and enjoyed a purple patch on the pitch too, with opener Roy Virgin making 108 and Peter Robinson scoring an unbeaten 74 batting at 10.

MORE: Picture Past – August 4, 1967.

Front Page 11th August 1967 Edition. Front Page 11th August 1967 Edition.

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