Picture Past: September 1, 1967 – Did someone spot a flying saucer?
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 September 2017
Did a UFO fly over North Somerset 50 years ago? It was one of the curious tales reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967. Here is the news from September 1 of that year.
• A mysterious glowing object in the sky heading towards Weston was reported by two Congresbury residents.
One of them, who was a former member of the RAF, told the Mercury: “We hear so much about flying saucers and the like that it makes me feel a bit of a mug to tell you about this.
“But there is no doubt we saw a glowing object travelling at a fast speed.”
• Weston’s bank holiday crowds set a record with an estimated 192,000 visitors arriving in the town on the Sunday and Monday.
The Monday figures equalled the previous record set in 1965, and there were an estimated 79,000 day-trippers on the Sunday.
On Monday, traffic was pouring in at 3,200 vehicles an hour.
• A block of multi-storey flats on the site of the former Tivoli Cinema in the Boulevard was being considered.
Weston Borough Council’s estates and plans committee deferred the decision.
If approved, it would be a 135ft building with 48 flats and 38 garages.
• After four Western League matches, Weston AFC was yet to score a goal.
The team had so far recorded three goalless draws and one 4-0 loss.
• The Mercury’s Looking Back column, which was similar to Picture Past, reported how in 1867 Birnbeck Pier had been used by 120,000 people between June and August, producing receipts of up to £500.
• Also in 1867, a visitor to Cheddar, upon seeing a person carrying a large quantity of feathers asked if they had been plucking live geese.
The visitor, who wrote to the Mercury to voice their animal cruelty concerns, said they were told it was common practice twice a year by everyone in the village.
• In 1917, Congresbury’s fields had been hit by a prevalence of potato disease.
It suffered further losses when the village was hit by a violent storm, in which large elm trees were uprooted.
• The paper of 1917 also reported how a shortage of men, because of World War One, meant women had been employed at Weston gasworks.
The experiment was reportedly successful, as the women had completed work ‘satisfactorily’.