Picture Past: July 2, 1965

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2015

Joan Wall and Susan Kilby put a final polish on this 1927 Morris Minor, in readiness for the Concours d'Elegance.

Joan Wall and Susan Kilby put a final polish on this 1927 Morris Minor, in readiness for the Concours d'Elegance.


A POLICEMAN who tackled a gunman to the ground was given a British Empire Medal for his heroic actions in 1965.

The news was reported in the July 2 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ Weston PC Stanley Fuller had joined Somerset Constabulary just two years before receiving the medal. In January, he had been confronted by three masked men, one of whom was holding an automatic pistol. However, the brave officer tackled the crook to the ground, successfully disarmed him and was commended for his actions.

■ More than £45,000 was being ‘wasted’ by Somerset County Council at the Government’s Department of Education and Science’s insistence, according to the council’s finance chairman. The Government department said the former Westcliff School premises had to be used to accommodate Weston Technical College students while their new college was being built. But the council’s Ald A Whittaker said the conditions at Westcliff were akin to ‘squalor’ and the council would waste £45,000 by making the school habitable for college students, rather than building temporary huts for them to use.

■ The iron-ore jetty scheme for the Bristol Channel was given Government approval. The plans had been opposed by Weston councillors and MP but the Government decided the £15million jetty would be the cheapest way to improve iron ore imports. There was, however, no date for when work would start as further tests would have to be carried out first.

■ Weston was not a ‘children’s paradise’ as they had nothing to do when it rained, according to one business owner. Hotelier Doris Wright made the comments at a meeting of the Weston Ratepayers and Residents Association. She said when the weather was good, children could play on the beach. But she said she had been told by guests that when it rained, there was nothing for families with young children to do.

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