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Picture Past: December 15, 1967

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 December 2017

Sledding fun in Ashcombe Park after heavy snowfall.

Sledding fun in Ashcombe Park after heavy snowfall.

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Wintry weather, political defections, and more than a little ‘bah humbug’ were making the news in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago this week.

Weston Woods became a winter fairyland in which there were many arenas for snowball fights. Weston Woods became a winter fairyland in which there were many arenas for snowball fights.

• Heavy snowfall across Weston and Somerset was making front page headlines for both good and bad reasons back on December 15, 1967.

The snow – the 14th year out of the past 30 in which the town had seen snow in December – was the heaviest in memory for the early part of the month in memory, and caused problems across the region.

Disruption saw the sporting calendar decimated, a bus overturn into a field in Rodney Stoke, and a lorry lose control and crash into a house in Long Ashton.

Weston’s deputy borough engineer revealed 64 men had applied 820 tons of salt to roads at a cost of nearly £3,000, after the council fielded a high number of complaints.

Longton Grove Road after a weekend snowfall. Longton Grove Road after a weekend snowfall.

He said: “It is a very difficult problem and I don’t think there is an easy answer to it. Some people seem to think we are able to wave a magic wand at it and it disappears.”

Not everyone wanted the snow gone, however. As pictures show, the weather proved the source of fun who took to Weston’s woods and parks to enjoy snowball battles and sledding.

• Three councillors were accused of ‘gross misrepresentation’ after resigning from Weston Ratepayers and Residents Association to instead represent the Conservative Party.

However, one of the trio responded by saying: “Whether we like it or not, party politics has entered local government and is here to stay.”

Uphill Secondary School speech day. Part of the assembly at the prizegiving. Uphill Secondary School speech day. Part of the assembly at the prizegiving.

• Weston was lacking ‘glitter’ in the run-up to Christmas, it was claimed.

That followed a decision by the High Street Traders Christmas Lighting Association to baulk at a £200 bill to replace the town’s festive illuminations – leaving the town centre without lights for December.

• Proposals for a new discoteque in Brean were upsetting neighbours.

One said: “We want to keep Brean and Berrow what it is – unspoilt.”

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd's ancestors stepped down from their picture frames to form this group, in Churchill School's production of Ruddigore. Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd's ancestors stepped down from their picture frames to form this group, in Churchill School's production of Ruddigore.

• A visiting Conservative Party speaker told a meeting of the local Conservative Women’s Lunch Club he wanted the word ‘happy’ dropped from new year’s greetings for 1968.

He warned the year ahead promised to be ‘the worst yet to come’, blaming socialists in Government for ‘causing havoc’ and devaluing the pound.

Picture Past from December 7, 1967.

Elizabeth Gillard (seated) and her attendants, Lesley James and Gillian Hughes, of the 10th Weston Girl Guides, with others at the Festival of Queens. Elizabeth Gillard (seated) and her attendants, Lesley James and Gillian Hughes, of the 10th Weston Girl Guides, with others at the Festival of Queens.

Father Christmas talking to Andrew Hewish and other children who formed a crowd to see Weston High Street Christmas tree lights switched on. Father Christmas talking to Andrew Hewish and other children who formed a crowd to see Weston High Street Christmas tree lights switched on.

The cast of Weston Grammar School's production of Shaw's comedy, The cast of Weston Grammar School's production of Shaw's comedy, "Arms and the Man.

Windwhistle Primary School children in costume at their Christmas party. Windwhistle Primary School children in costume at their Christmas party.

Windwhistle Primary School children in costume at their Christmas party. Windwhistle Primary School children in costume at their Christmas party.

Speech and drama students of Weston Technical College presenting a mimed version of Speech and drama students of Weston Technical College presenting a mimed version of "Snow White" in a concert at Whitecross Hall

Canon J. Rea looks on as Father Christmas meets Maureen Say, Dennis Michael and Margaret Coombs, John-Paul and Mark Nicholls at St Joseph's Church Bazaar. Canon J. Rea looks on as Father Christmas meets Maureen Say, Dennis Michael and Margaret Coombs, John-Paul and Mark Nicholls at St Joseph's Church Bazaar.

Queens Guides Christine Moorman and Patricia German who received their awards at the North District Guides Annual meeting in Weston Town Hall. Queens Guides Christine Moorman and Patricia German who received their awards at the North District Guides Annual meeting in Weston Town Hall.

The Coalbridge Farm corner of Worle after last week-end's snowfall. The Coalbridge Farm corner of Worle after last week-end's snowfall.

St Martin's Church after last week-end's snowfall. St Martin's Church after last week-end's snowfall.

Ads 15th December 1967 Edition. Ads 15th December 1967 Edition.

Front Page 15th December 1967 Edition. Front Page 15th December 1967 Edition.

Ads 15th December 1967 Edition. Ads 15th December 1967 Edition.

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