Picture Past: April 19, 1968 – ‘human locusts’ descend on shipwreck

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 April 2018

Easter Hockey Festival. It looks like a

Easter Hockey Festival. It looks like a "punch up," but it not! Old Grammarians goal keeper and another defender collide as a Brean player tries to avoid the clash and reach the ball. Brean won 4-0.

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Damage to a historic wreck and a poor final day for a hockey team made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from April 19, 1968.

A procession of gaily-decorated floats took part in the Weston Divisional Young Conservatives' Easter Parade on Weston sea front on Easter Monday. Wedmore's entry A procession of gaily-decorated floats took part in the Weston Divisional Young Conservatives' Easter Parade on Weston sea front on Easter Monday. Wedmore's entry "Robin Hood and his Merry Men" took second place.

• ‘Human locusts’ were said to be removing pieces of a shipwreck in Berrow.

Berrow Parish Council was to write to the Receivers of Wrecks to ask him to take action as it was considered to be of historic interest.

It was unclear who owned the wreck, and it was thought to have been sold in an auction many years before.

• Representatives from Weston Borough Council were to meet the county planning authority to discuss a difference of opinion over where a multi-storey car park should be built.

A procession of gaily-decorated floats took part in the Weston Divisional Young Conservatives' Easter Parade on Weston sea front on Easter Monday. Weston's entry of A procession of gaily-decorated floats took part in the Weston Divisional Young Conservatives' Easter Parade on Weston sea front on Easter Monday. Weston's entry of "Peter Pan" took first place.

The council wanted to start building one on the arcade site by the end of 1968, but county planners wanted it to go in the Palmer Street area.

• Holiday season got off to a good start with the Easter bank holiday weekend. The Sunday broke records, and Monday broke the record from 1962.

Despite it being busy, the police did not report any traffic issues, and it was described as one of the smoothest bank holidays in years.

• Design work for sewers to serve Sandford, Churchill and Lower Langford was completed.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society's boisterous and racy interpretation of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate. Peter Brewer, Hazel Summers and the dancers.Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society's boisterous and racy interpretation of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate. Peter Brewer, Hazel Summers and the dancers.

They would serve 360 properties and cost £87,130.

• Brean hockey team had been organising an Easter festival in Weston for the past 33 years, but never finished better than fourth place.

The team went into the final day as one of four unbeaten sides.

But they went down to the Shropshire side, which had a reputation as ‘giant killers’. Once again, Brean finished in fourth place.

Easter Hockey Festival. Graham Mitchell score Torpids only goal against the Panthers.Easter Hockey Festival. Graham Mitchell score Torpids only goal against the Panthers.

• An architect who designed many of Weston’s buildings, including several churches, retired after 40 years.

Captain Harold Jones designed St Paul’s Church, which replaced the one hit in an air raid in 1941.

His work also included the council chambers in the Town Hall.

• Older ‘gangs’ of youths who did not live in Worlebury were using its primary school playing fields for football. It meant younger children were too afraid to use it.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society's boisterous and racy interpretation of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate. Michael Edwards gives a Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society's boisterous and racy interpretation of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate. Michael Edwards gives a "spanking" performance as Petruchio with Barbara Gray as Katherine, watched by members of the cast.

• The chair of governors at Churchill Secondary School threatened to resign after the Government cut the money needed to create a three-unit extension.

• Berrow Parish Council members opposed overhead electric cables going alongside the village green.

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Members of Bleadon WI drama group, wo won the Highbridge Festival one-act play competition for all-women casts with their production of Members of Bleadon WI drama group, wo won the Highbridge Festival one-act play competition for all-women casts with their production of "George Comes Home," by Ted Willis. From the right: Producter Mrs J. Flavell, Mesdames A. Thacker, W. David, M. Bradley, D. Ward, C. Lewton, F. Goode, B. Hillier and E. Short.

Ads 19th April 1968 Edition.Ads 19th April 1968 Edition.

Front Page 19th April 1968 Edition.Front Page 19th April 1968 Edition.

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