Picture Past: January 5, 1968 – Thief tries to hide jewellery by buying it near the golf course

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 January 2018

Bomb disposal teams inspect mortars found on Weston beach.

Bomb disposal teams inspect mortars found on Weston beach.

Archant

Record-breaking Christmas trade, a public sector ‘financial crisis’ and the ‘appalling’ state of Weston Museum were all making headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald edition of January 5, 1968.

Two baby girls were born on New Year's Day at Ashcombe House Maternity Hospital. Jane was born to Sandra Sweeting and Heather Winter, gave birth to Claire.Two baby girls were born on New Year's Day at Ashcombe House Maternity Hospital. Jane was born to Sandra Sweeting and Heather Winter, gave birth to Claire.

• A long, drawn-out battle over the ‘over-commercialisation’ of Cheddar Gorge came to a head 50 years ago this week, when a land-owner won Government permission for new development.

Viscount Weymouth had been refused permission by Somerset County Council to extend the Caveman restaurant and build a new museum, but took his case to appeal.

And Government inspectors looked more sympathetically on his ambitions, despite arguments from locals who said the project would amount to over-commercialisation of ‘a landscape of great value’.

The inspectors ruled in Viscount Weymouth’s favour, saying his plans would result in buildings which were ‘more acceptable in this special environment’.

Children visit Knightstone pantomime Dick Whittington as guests of the police.Children visit Knightstone pantomime Dick Whittington as guests of the police.

• A rates increase was on the cards, despite a number of projects around the district already having been scaled back to save cash.

Councillors were told all spending programmes should be deferred ‘except housing and schools’ because of what was described as ‘the current financial crisis’.

• Weston Museum was branded ‘tatty and dirty’ by members of a council committee discussing potential renovation plans for the Burlington Street building.

The group was told the ‘shabby’ building was ‘appalling, with paint peeling from stairs and walls’ as a result of not having been painted in some 15 years.

The new Church Hall at Winscombe was the setting of the village's ambitious production Babes In The Wood.The new Church Hall at Winscombe was the setting of the village's ambitious production Babes In The Wood.

• Somerset County Council was urged to ‘invest in tourism’ in light of declining visitor numbers and income.

The authority was told it ‘should do everything to encourage more visitors, both from this country and abroad’.

• Boys playing on Weston beach dug up what they initially thought were tin cans found buried in sand near Birnbeck Pier.

“We decided they were bombs, and got on our bikes and went straight to the police station,” they said.

Ads 5th January 1968 Edition.Ads 5th January 1968 Edition.

Bomb disposal teams from the Royal Navy agreed, and later excavated 40 more mortar bombs, which were detonated onsite.

• An unemployed man was jailed after carrying out a high-value jewellery raid.

The man stole items worth £3,495 from a Weston home, before hiding his loot by burying it near Weston Golf Course.

More from Weston Mercury

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

The prospect of Weston’s Tropicana being transformed into an ‘entertainment hub’ courtesy of a £1million investment have moved forward this week.

Read more
20 minutes ago

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:56

Hard-working sailing volunteers from Clevedon and Yatton will have a royal appointment this week to recognise decades of service.

Read more
Clevedon Yatton
Yesterday, 17:58

One of the world’s best mountain climbers inspired hundreds of students with his heroic feats and stories.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Volunteers hoping to make a busy road which connects Weston to Bristol safer for motorists and pedestrians have called on villagers to get involved.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38

More than 90 competitors wowed audiences with ballroom, Latin and classic dance performances in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:29

Wu Shu Ky Freestyle Kickboxing Club under the guidance of 6th Dan Master Silvio Camilleri, has returned to Weston.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

A support group for people struggling with depression and anxiety has launched, and the woman behind it hopes to ‘fill a gap’ in North Somerset’s mental health services.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57

Worlebury Golf Club held its annual presentation evening, with members turning out in force.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists