Picture Past: January 26, 1968 – number of men out of work increases

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 January 2018

It was revealed 60 bombs, mines, depth-charges and other projectiles were found in the Sand Bay and Weston areas during the past year. A spokesman from the Royal Navy bomb deposal unit from Plymouth said 'all known objects have been dealt with'.

It was revealed 60 bombs, mines, depth-charges and other projectiles were found in the Sand Bay and Weston areas during the past year. A spokesman from the Royal Navy bomb deposal unit from Plymouth said 'all known objects have been dealt with'.

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Male unemployment and ‘sacred cows’ in local government funding made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 1968. Here is the news from the January 26 edition.

Children at Weston Swimming Club's party, held at St John House, Oxford Street. Children at Weston Swimming Club's party, held at St John House, Oxford Street.

• ‘Yellow peril’ was spreading through Cheddar – though it was not a disease, but the addition of more yellow lines on the village’s roads.

Police made a number of suggestions, including adding more yellow lines effectively banning parking in Cliff Street.

The parish council thought the suggestions were ‘unfortunate’.

• The number of unemployed men in Weston had increased slightly on the previous year.

Nicola Ronsell, Janet Jiggins and Deborah Smith, who took part in Children Calling at Victoria Methodist Church Hall. Nicola Ronsell, Janet Jiggins and Deborah Smith, who took part in Children Calling at Victoria Methodist Church Hall.

In total, 873 people were out of work, 671 of them men.

This was an increase from 635 men in January 1967. Most of the unemployed men came from the building trade.

• The Searchers followed Pink Floyd and Cat Stevens by performing at the Winter Gardens. The Mercury said: “The Searchers are a group who have consistently proved themselves to be one of the best in the British pop business by their many hit records.”

• Nothing in local government should be regarded as a ‘sacred cow’ when it came to cutting expenditure, people said at a forum in Weston.

A group of dancers in Children Calling presented by Greta Cousins at Victoria Methodist Church Hall. A group of dancers in Children Calling presented by Greta Cousins at Victoria Methodist Church Hall.

Some of those taking part said a great deal of money could be saved by reducing the ‘magnificence’ of new school buildings and buying cheaper equipment.

• An Axbridge historian suggested the sign to the town was misleading visitors.

The sign welcoming people to Axbridge said people should visit for St John Hunting Lodge and the 13th century church.

The historian said the lodge should be called a Tudor town house, and the church was not obviously 13th century as so much of it had been remodelled over the years.

An advert from January 26, 1968. An advert from January 26, 1968.

• The ‘controversy’ over changes to the entertainment at the Rozel Arena was due to continue when Weston Borough Council met on the forthcoming Monday.

The council suggested moving mechanised entertainment into the Rozel, but the Hotel and Restaurants Association protested, saying it would spoil the ‘pleasant and restful area surrounding it’. Several councillors were also opposed.

• The Mercury’s history column described how in 1918 a number of rare birds were nesting in Weston, but were being shot by bird experts for identification purposes.

A reader called on them to swap the gun for a field glass.

A student at the catering section of Weston-super-Mare Technical College won a first prize at the International Hotel Catering Exhibition at Olympia. Miss Susan Cooke (16) was awarded the Challenge Cup for her fish dish and pineapple dish. Another prize winner was Arthur Barnes (17), also a student at the college, who won second prize for his lobster dish. A student at the catering section of Weston-super-Mare Technical College won a first prize at the International Hotel Catering Exhibition at Olympia. Miss Susan Cooke (16) was awarded the Challenge Cup for her fish dish and pineapple dish. Another prize winner was Arthur Barnes (17), also a student at the college, who won second prize for his lobster dish.

MORE: Last week’s Picture Past.

"Miss Ford Escort" (Jill Smith) was at Weston Rugby ground on Saturday to kick-off in the Weston v. Birmingham match which was won by the visiting team.

Weston Sea Angling Association presentations. Left to right (back row): Trophy winners Messrs. R. Eames, G. Lintern, W. Letts, W. Bastin and D. Austin; with (in front) C. Lintern and S. Fisher. Weston Sea Angling Association presentations. Left to right (back row): Trophy winners Messrs. R. Eames, G. Lintern, W. Letts, W. Bastin and D. Austin; with (in front) C. Lintern and S. Fisher.

Ads 26th January 1968 Edition. Ads 26th January 1968 Edition.

Front Page 26th January 1968 Edition. Front Page 26th January 1968 Edition.

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