Picture Past: April 12, 1968 – junior arts festival held

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 April 2018

With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Budding ballerinas who competed in the Festival.

With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Budding ballerinas who competed in the Festival.

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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.

With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Cup winner Mary Tasker(left) with Elaine Jones and Elizabeth Meadows.With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Cup winner Mary Tasker(left) with Elaine Jones and Elizabeth Meadows.

• 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.

Pictured after the service of confirmation at St Peter's Church, Milton are some of the candidates with the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt. Rev.E.B. Henderson.Pictured after the service of confirmation at St Peter's Church, Milton are some of the candidates with the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt. Rev.E.B. Henderson.

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.

Players in the North Somerset Badminton League Knock-out pairs competition finals held at Weston YMCA.Players in the North Somerset Badminton League Knock-out pairs competition finals held at Weston YMCA.

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.

With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Jaqueline Tucker and Nicola Parker as With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Jaqueline Tucker and Nicola Parker as "The Ugly Sisters" in a duet at the Festival.

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.

The cast of Weston south district Ranger Service Unit who won the Festival cup, in the Weston and Axbridge area Youth Drama Festival, with their production of The cast of Weston south district Ranger Service Unit who won the Festival cup, in the Weston and Axbridge area Youth Drama Festival, with their production of "the Saxon Wives of Ellandune."

Prize winners in the observation competition organised by Colmers of Weston in collaberation with the Girl Guides. Nicola Keen (left), first, Sally Bowman (right), second, and Susan Berry, third.Prize winners in the observation competition organised by Colmers of Weston in collaberation with the Girl Guides. Nicola Keen (left), first, Sally Bowman (right), second, and Susan Berry, third.

With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Bonnets of all nations worn by competitors in the National dancing class at the Festival.With over 900 entrants Weston's 21st Junior Arts Festival is the biggest of its kind ever held in the town. Bonnets of all nations worn by competitors in the National dancing class at the Festival.

Front Page 12th April 1968 Edition.Front Page 12th April 1968 Edition.

Ads 12th April 1968 Edition.Ads 12th April 1968 Edition.

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