Picture Past: November
3, 1967

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 November 2017

Children at the Odeon Saturday morning film show saw a demostration of police dog handling by PC Peter Stanbury and Bella.

Children at the Odeon Saturday morning film show saw a demostration of police dog handling by PC Peter Stanbury and Bella.

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Weston-super-Mare’s winter light display was likely to be cut down to a one-week display 50 years ago, while a former Prime Minister made a visit to the town. Here is the news from November 3, 1967.

With a new road beside Congresbury bridge returned to use, the bridge route was closed for demolition. With a new road beside Congresbury bridge returned to use, the bridge route was closed for demolition.

• Weston’s winter illuminations were probably only going to be switched on for a week in 1967, as the borough council needed to save electricity costs.

All council committees had been told to reduce their electricity usage, and cutting down the amount of time the lights would be on for was one way to do it.

The seafront illuminations were usually on for seven weeks, but the finance committee was considering only switching them on for a week at Christmas.

The committee said it cost £35 a week for the electricity and maintenance throughout the period the lights were on for.

Walliscote School Old Boys' annual dinner at the Severn Croft Hotel. Walliscote School Old Boys' annual dinner at the Severn Croft Hotel.

• There were objections to newly-sited loading bays in St James Street ahead of a supermarket being built on the corner of Regent Street and High Street.

Traders thought the bays would make it even more difficult to attract trade, but Weston Borough Council could not see an alternative option.

• Strong winds and high tides washed away some of the sand from the sea wall foundations and damaged the cement. It meant sand was being washed down the beach, and 5,000 additional tonnes had to be manually moved back during the year.

• A bus and coach had a narrow escape when a 60ft elm tree crashed to the ground in Uphill, near the Donkey Fields, in strong winds.

Adverts from November 3, 1967 Adverts from November 3, 1967

• Proposals to extend a café in Cheddar Gorge proved contentious, and the final decision would be made at a planning appeal.

Lord Weymouth, owner of the caves and attractions in the gorge, wanted to extend the Cave Man Café. Somerset County Council felt Cheddar’s charm was being destroyed, and refused the application.

The restaurant had been open since 1934, and Lord Weymouth argued he also wanted to maintain Cheddar’s scenery, but tourists needed somewhere to go too.

• There was a reduction in accidents following the introduction of double white lines along the Weston to Bristol road.

Revellers with Mrs A Sinclair (dressed as a witch) during a Halloween party at St Joseph's Church hall. Revellers with Mrs A Sinclair (dressed as a witch) during a Halloween party at St Joseph's Church hall.

• Former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas Home gave a speech to 1,200 people at Weston’s Winter Gardens.

He declared ‘the magic of socialism had gone out for good’.

• The League of Friends of Weston Hospitals handed over a £750 resuscitation trolley to medical staff.

MORE: Picture Past – October 27, 1967.

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