Picture Past: January 12, 1968 – Pink Floyd perform in Weston

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 January 2018

The Rozel bandstand, which was expected to stop being a music venue.

The Rozel bandstand, which was expected to stop being a music venue.

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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.

Mike Hooper, Ronald Dew, Barry Chappell and Mervyn Hurley dressed for the Arts ball, which had a cinema theme.Mike Hooper, Ronald Dew, Barry Chappell and Mervyn Hurley dressed for the Arts ball, which had a cinema theme.

• 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.

Some of the cast of the Knightstone pantomime Dick Whittington gather around Tommy the cat, played by Jill Tyre.Some of the cast of the Knightstone pantomime Dick Whittington gather around Tommy the cat, played by Jill Tyre.

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.

Weston Cymrodorian Society's New Year party at the Town Hall.Weston Cymrodorian Society's New Year party at the Town Hall.

• 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.

An advert from 1968.An advert from 1968.

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.

Members of the cast in the play Members of the cast in the play "Speaking of Murder," presented by St. Andrew's Drama Club, Burnham-on-Sea. From Left: Joan Pring, Doreen Sheppard, Biddy Rees, Len Hewitt, Ellen Watts, Kim Rees and Francina Gratton.

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.

Among the costumes dancers at this year's Arts Ball which was given a cinema theme were two from the 'twenties' Pat Richards and Vicky Parsons with Among the costumes dancers at this year's Arts Ball which was given a cinema theme were two from the 'twenties' Pat Richards and Vicky Parsons with "Doctor No" girl Eileen Balaam.

Among the costumes dancers at this year's Arts Ball which was given a cinema theme were Trevor Stroud, Keith and Jean Wetherill as Among the costumes dancers at this year's Arts Ball which was given a cinema theme were Trevor Stroud, Keith and Jean Wetherill as "The Three Musketeers" with Jill Stroud as Lady de Winter.

The Three Musketeers with Lady de Winter at the Arts Ball.The Three Musketeers with Lady de Winter at the Arts Ball.

Front Page 12th January 1968 Edition.Front Page 12th January 1968 Edition.

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