Picture Past: December 1, 1967 –

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 December 2017

The chairman of the Weston Hospital Managment Group, the Reverend TS Fairchild, adds a drop of rum to the annual Christmas pudding mixing at the hospital.

The chairman of the Weston Hospital Managment Group, the Reverend TS Fairchild, adds a drop of rum to the annual Christmas pudding mixing at the hospital.

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A reorganisation of Weston-super-Mare’s entertainment was on the cards 50 years ago, so the town could follow ‘modern trends’. Here are the stories from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in December 1967.

The activites undertaken by the guides was displayed at an exhibition by Weston South District Girl Guides at Walliscote Junior School. Pictured are Pamela Bull, Judith Payne, Sara Andrews and Kathleen More.The activites undertaken by the guides was displayed at an exhibition by Weston South District Girl Guides at Walliscote Junior School. Pictured are Pamela Bull, Judith Payne, Sara Andrews and Kathleen More.

• Weston Borough Council was responsible for the town’s entertainment at a number of venues, run by the Weston Corporation.

Mr Flavell, the corporation’s general manager, suggested mechanical games and a children’s theatre would be at the Rozel Theatre, and an open plan licenced restaurant would open at the Knightstone Theatre.

Knightstone would change from providing a variety of theatre to cabaret-style entertainment while meals and drinks were served to the tables.

It was said small light orchestra and military bands had practically disappeared as entertainment, and the Winter Gardens was heading for a major crisis.

Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.

Dances, which had formed the majority of the venue’s income since the war, were out of fashion.

• A ‘plastic’ operating theatre was going to be used at Weston General Hospital while air conditioning was installed in its operating suites.

The portable plastic tent was often used by the army and it would be the first time it was used in the South West.

• Farmers said there was enough disinfectant available in Somerset to safeguard against an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

Weston and District Ladies Skittles League team.Weston and District Ladies Skittles League team.

Somerset had so far avoided any cases, but the Somerset NFU chairman, who lived in Langford, said the agricultural minister should not have suggested the epidemic was contained.

This was because the disease can incubate for 14 days, and the chairman said there could be Somerset cases which simply had not come to light yet.

• A fire in the Conservative headquarters in the Boulevard was believed to have been caused by thieves trying to cover their tracks.

• A cottage, which more than 100 years old, was demolished.

Weston Central Skittles League team.Weston Central Skittles League team.

It was based at the Weston end of the Toll Road, and had suffered from damp and dry rot, and its tiles were falling off.

• Brent Knoll scored 77 points in the best kept village competition, but the judges said it was not as good as last time. Wedmore was ahead with 88 points.

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The Mayor (Cllr. C.D. Curtis) with Sadie Munn, Sally Tansley and (back) Christopher Barber at the official opening of Weston Odeon Theatre's effort to raise over £100 for the Mayor's Christmas Fund.The Mayor (Cllr. C.D. Curtis) with Sadie Munn, Sally Tansley and (back) Christopher Barber at the official opening of Weston Odeon Theatre's effort to raise over £100 for the Mayor's Christmas Fund.

A scene from Burnham Dramatic Society's production of the play, Staff Dance, by Robert Morley, which is being presented this week at Burnham Town Hall.A scene from Burnham Dramatic Society's production of the play, Staff Dance, by Robert Morley, which is being presented this week at Burnham Town Hall.

Father Christmas meets Lorraine Flood and Julie Peters at Bournville Merry Wives Club Christmas Bazaar, onlookers are Betty Webber(chairman), Sheila Jones and Ann Rice.Father Christmas meets Lorraine Flood and Julie Peters at Bournville Merry Wives Club Christmas Bazaar, onlookers are Betty Webber(chairman), Sheila Jones and Ann Rice.

Everything hangs on a football coupon in Philip King's comedy Everything hangs on a football coupon in Philip King's comedy "Pools Paradise" performed by players from RAF Locking.

Front Page 1st December 1967 Edition.Front Page 1st December 1967 Edition.

Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.

Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.Ads 1st December 1967 Edition.

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