Picture Past: April 12, 1968 – junior arts festival held
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 April 2018
A ‘farcical bridge’, a bewitched boy and ‘disgraceful’ hall appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from April 12, 1968.
• A ‘golden mile’ of amusement arcades was not wanted for Weston, councillors said, and they refused to restrict them to areas they were already established in.
The majority of Weston Borough Council members said applications should be dealt with on their merits, though they were not in favour of concentrating arcades in one spot.
• A ‘farcical’ bridge at Weston Railway Station was causing distress, particularly for older people. People had to climb the steps and up and over the bridge to get their ticket, and then go all the way back again to go out of the Drove Road side.
• The difficulty people were having in trying to find houses on the Oldmixon estate or the new development at Preanes Green, Worle, was raised.
Often people who lived on the estates had trouble describing where their house was to people who did not know the area.
Weston Borough Council heard how visitors might have to try half a dozen houses to find the right one. Councillors appealed for a better numbering system to be created.
• The roof on Christ Church was being kept under observation because of its age and its regular need for repairs.
• Churchill Memorial Hall was described as a ‘disgrace to the village’ by parish council members.
County councillor RC Smith said: “If it was in good enough condition, a village social club would meet here, but as it is, nobody will come near it.”
Councillors said they had been haggling over an extension for about 20 years.
• Churchill Parish Council had been unable to source 550 small Union Flags for children to wave at the Queen’s visit to Langford. The council decided to buy 250 mugs instead, and to hand them out as souvenirs.
• The Mercury’s Looking Back column, the 1968 equivalent of Picture Past, reported a spooky story from 1868.
A boy in Alfred Street had supposedly been bewitched, and when he had a fit, the table would dance, knives and forks flew about and ‘firearms took up position in the middle of the room’.
• Weston magistrates said they were determined to stamp out brawling in the streets after the court heard of an incident involving several youths and RAF Locking apprentices.
MORE: Last week’s Picture Past.