Picture Past: January 12, 1968 – Pink Floyd perform in Weston
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 January 2018
Pink Floyd performed in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago, while some parish councils were down to the last pennies. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury on January 12, 1968.
• Pink Floyd is a band name most people would know nowadays, but in 1968 their music career was only just about to take off.
The story in the Mercury said: “Tomorrow night’s Saturday dance date at the Winter Gardens pavilion features one of the newest groups on the pop scene, the Pink Floyd.”
• Two parish councils overspent during 1967 and had just £22 left between them before the financial year was over.
Churchill Parish Council had not put its precept up for 1967/68, but it was ruing that decision as it had just £12 left to last until April.
It was going to create a supplementary precept to help it see out the year.
Kewstoke Parish Council was already talking about increasing its precept for the upcoming year because it had just £10 left.
• The Ministry of Defence was being called on to search Weston’s coastline for more bombs and explosives as yet more mines and charges were found near Wick St Lawrence.
MP David Webster wanted the seafront swept with metal detectors before the holiday season started.
• The Queen was due to visit Langford House, the veterinary department of the University of Bristol, to open its new meat research institute.
The unit would have laboratories, a slaughterhouse, library and lecture hall, and would investigate how to produce more meat, and better meat, from cows, pigs and sheep.
• There was ‘considerable controversy’ over the changes proposed for the Rozel Theatre.
Weston Borough Council was proposing an overhaul of its entertainment, and was intending to use the Rozel as an amusement arcade with slot machines.
The council felt putting on live music would lose it money as it cost too much to run, and teenagers and young people preferred mechanical entertainment.
However, not everyone was in favour, and the Weston Hotels and Restaurants Association planned to protest, saying the plans would cheapen the seafront.
• A seafront bridge originally estimated to cost £14,000 was likely to end up costing Weston Borough Council £30,000 instead.
• Weston’s house-building figures were among the best in Somerset.
Weston Borough Council had built 4,000 homes, and work was also starting at The Maltings in Worle and on the Bournville and Oldmixon estates.