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Picture Past: September 1, 1967 – Did someone spot a flying saucer?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 September 2017

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston during the bank holiday weekend find sunshine and relaxation at the Grand Pier.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston during the bank holiday weekend find sunshine and relaxation at the Grand Pier.

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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.

Bank holiday visitors at Marine Lake. Bank holiday visitors at Marine Lake.

• 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.”

The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. The final four in the sheaf-tossing contest, (left to right): John Blake third, Jack Counsell fourth, Robert Vowles second and the champion, Dick Tilley. The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. The final four in the sheaf-tossing contest, (left to right): John Blake third, Jack Counsell fourth, Robert Vowles second and the champion, Dick Tilley.

• 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.

The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. Nicola Pursey won second prize as a bunny girl. The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. Nicola Pursey won second prize as a bunny girl.

• 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.

Mandy White as a clown was third in the comic turnout at Bleadon Hill Sports. Mandy White as a clown was third in the comic turnout at Bleadon Hill Sports.

• 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.

Worle Horticultural Society's 33rd show at Worle Recreation Ground. Nine-year-old Gillian Loat was a visitor. Worle Horticultural Society's 33rd show at Worle Recreation Ground. Nine-year-old Gillian Loat was a visitor.

• 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.

Preparations for the 110th Brent Knoll Harvest Home. The 'teapot girls' are Pam Ham and Elizabeth Holbrook. Preparations for the 110th Brent Knoll Harvest Home. The 'teapot girls' are Pam Ham and Elizabeth Holbrook.

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’.

An advert from September 1967. An advert from September 1967.

MORE: Picture Past from August 25, 1967.

The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. Competitors in the puddle jumper stakes. The 29th Bleadon Hill Sports. Competitors in the puddle jumper stakes.

The 29th annual Bleadon Hill Sports. Winners of their class in the turnout were Rachel and Kathy Frost with the theme The 29th annual Bleadon Hill Sports. Winners of their class in the turnout were Rachel and Kathy Frost with the theme "Horse Fly."

The 29th annual Bleadon Hill Sports. Debbie Banwell won the Thelwell Stakes in her first riding event. The 29th annual Bleadon Hill Sports. Debbie Banwell won the Thelwell Stakes in her first riding event.

Worle Horticultural Society's 33rd annual show at Worle Recreation Ground. Mrs R.V. Thomas of Kewstoke with her prizewinning dress spray. Worle Horticultural Society's 33rd annual show at Worle Recreation Ground. Mrs R.V. Thomas of Kewstoke with her prizewinning dress spray.

Preparations for the 110th Brent Knoll Harvest Home. With nearly 1,000 guest expected, these ladies were kept busy preparing the crockery. Preparations for the 110th Brent Knoll Harvest Home. With nearly 1,000 guest expected, these ladies were kept busy preparing the crockery.

In the children's corner, at Brent Knoll Garden Fete, four-year-old Martin Hill plays the baker and delivers a loaf to his sister Geraldine. In the children's corner, at Brent Knoll Garden Fete, four-year-old Martin Hill plays the baker and delivers a loaf to his sister Geraldine.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake. Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Marine Lake.

Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Outdoor Pool. Some of the record 119,000 visitors to Weston, during the Bank Holiday weekend, find sunshine and relaxation at the Outdoor Pool.

Ads 1st September 1967 Edition. Ads 1st September 1967 Edition.

Front Page 1st September 1967 Edition. Front Page 1st September 1967 Edition.

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