Picture Past: August 16, 1968 – Thieves use explosives to blow safe open

PUBLISHED: 16:43 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 18 August 2018

88 young boys and girls took part in riding competitions at Weston Harriers' novices' gymkhana. Finalists in the walk, trot and lead race.

88 young boys and girls took part in riding competitions at Weston Harriers' novices' gymkhana. Finalists in the walk, trot and lead race.

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‘Deplorable’ funding decisions and diving regulations made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the August 16 edition in 1968.

Draycott annual fete and carnival procession. Pony ride for two year old Julia Garrett, pictured with some young visitors to the fete.Draycott annual fete and carnival procession. Pony ride for two year old Julia Garrett, pictured with some young visitors to the fete.

• The Government was accused of making a ‘deplorable’ decision when it chose how much money to provide for flood relief in Somerset.

The Government provided £175,000, a decision which was described as ‘insulting’, ‘totally inadequate’ and a ‘miserable and mean’ sum by North Somerset’s MP Paul Dean.

Fundraising efforts were underway to help people return to their homes and to get the county’s infrastructure back to normal.

Axbridge Rural District Council was presented with figures which showed the financial help available would fall far short of the number of claims received, even after insurance payments were made. The council made an emergency resolution ‘deploring’ the Government contribution.

Draycott annual fete and carnival procession. Fancy dress prizewinners Anita Gray, Sally Bugler and Margaret Purkins.Draycott annual fete and carnival procession. Fancy dress prizewinners Anita Gray, Sally Bugler and Margaret Purkins.

The Government said no more additional funds would be forthcoming.

• The development of the Oldmixon estate, which had been slowed down by Government restrictions, was worrying traders.

They said they did not receive a reasonable income at their businesses because house-building had been restricted.

The five business owners wanted their rates reduced, but Weston Borough Council refused the applications.

East Huntspill Harvest Home. Harvest Queen Janet Baker with Susan Fisher and Sara Virgo.East Huntspill Harvest Home. Harvest Queen Janet Baker with Susan Fisher and Sara Virgo.

• Thieves used explosives to blow open two safes in Bridge Road in Weston. They took £200.

• The diving boards were going to be removed from Cheddar’s swimming pool because the water was not deep enough.

The parish council wanted funding from the ministry of housing and local government to improve the pool, but it had to meet new diving standards.

Its 10ft high board had already been removed, but the other two would need to be as well.

East Huntspill Harvest Home Carnival procession. East Huntspill Harvest Home Carnival procession. "East Huntspill Holiday Camp" won the comic vehicles class.

When asked if he ever hit his head while diving, Cllr Packer said ‘now and then’. Perhaps missing the point, he said: “But I don’t think there was any damage to the bottom of the pool.”

• Operation Neptune was launched in Weston to raise the necessary money for the National Trust to buy Woodspring Priory.

Weston was set a £15,000 fundraising target, although £4,000 had already been collected in the town.

Weston’s mayor said: “By your support, you will be able to join in the preservation not only of the coastline for the nation, but an amenity for Weston on our doorstep.”

East Huntspill Harvest Home Carnival. The Olympic Squad was a topical prize-winning entry in the procession.East Huntspill Harvest Home Carnival. The Olympic Squad was a topical prize-winning entry in the procession.

North Somerset's season of Harvest Home celebrations opened this week with that at East Huntspill. Nearly 500 attended the luncheon.North Somerset's season of Harvest Home celebrations opened this week with that at East Huntspill. Nearly 500 attended the luncheon.

Lympsham British Legion Flower and Vegetable Show. Charlotte and Caroline Counsell with their miniature garden.Lympsham British Legion Flower and Vegetable Show. Charlotte and Caroline Counsell with their miniature garden.

Airways and Aerojet C.C. teams before their match at the Belvedere ground in Weston and District Mid-week Cricket League second division KO cup final.Airways and Aerojet C.C. teams before their match at the Belvedere ground in Weston and District Mid-week Cricket League second division KO cup final.

Home made , Home grown, was the title for Weston, Banwell and District Young Farmers Club fete held at the Boulevard Church Hall. Left to right: Carolyn Board, Kay Lovell, Elizabeth Edwards, Penny Saunders, Diane Bartlett with (behind) Mrs. Valerie Heal and Mrs. Mary Mead.Home made , Home grown, was the title for Weston, Banwell and District Young Farmers Club fete held at the Boulevard Church Hall. Left to right: Carolyn Board, Kay Lovell, Elizabeth Edwards, Penny Saunders, Diane Bartlett with (behind) Mrs. Valerie Heal and Mrs. Mary Mead.

Ads 16th August 1968 Edition.Ads 16th August 1968 Edition.

Ads 16th August 1968 Edition.Ads 16th August 1968 Edition.

Front Page 16th August 1968 Edition.Front Page 16th August 1968 Edition.

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