Picture Past: July 23, 1965

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 July 2015

Roman catholics from the Mendip parish of Cheddar held their first summer garden party at Sidcot. Ready for the fancy dress parade are Susan and Karen Phillips, Mark Heigham and Ann and Richard Taylor.

Roman catholics from the Mendip parish of Cheddar held their first summer garden party at Sidcot. Ready for the fancy dress parade are Susan and Karen Phillips, Mark Heigham and Ann and Richard Taylor.

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POST Office safes were blown open with explosives by thieves, and Weston’s water became undrinkable this week in 1965.

Weston-super-Mare annual Tennis Tournament staged at the Winter Gardens Courts. The men's single winner, Tony Pearman, shows his trophy to the winners of the ladies' pairs, Jean Davey and Mollie Bell, and runners-up Jennifer Kellaway and Jose Read.Weston-super-Mare annual Tennis Tournament staged at the Winter Gardens Courts. The men's single winner, Tony Pearman, shows his trophy to the winners of the ladies' pairs, Jean Davey and Mollie Bell, and runners-up Jennifer Kellaway and Jose Read.

The stories were featured in the July 23 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ Police issued a warning after cash and postal documents worth £2,700 were stolen from two village post offices. East Brent and Churchill were targeted by thieves after they cut the telephone wires serving the area. The safes were then blown open with explosives.

■ Weston’s water became undrinkable on one day in July after chlorinated water was accidentally mixed with ammonia. But people were told not to worry as the mix was not harmful.

■ A lido on the Royal Sands designed for children was being considered by Weston Borough Council’s catering and entertainments committee. It proposed setting up a sub-committee to assess if the idea was feasible.

■ Sand being washed down a brick sewer in Beaconsfield Road was beginning to cause subsidence in the street.

■ Weston Borough Council was instructed to clamp down on the dairy festival, after stockings, shirts, beer and wine were all sold. Ald GW Couch, chairman of the general purposes committee, said organisers had ignored instructions that only produce connected with farms was to be sold because it had a negative affect on other traders.

■ The Axbridge bypass scheme was suffering from delays. A public inquiry into the scheme was not due to be held until October. But J Lukins, speaking at Axbridge Parish Council, said it was not fair to blame the objectors for the delays.

■ A lack of money was still causing problems for the building of a new Weston Hospital. Mr EW Powell, chairman of the Weston Hospital Management Committee, said there was support for the new hospital but the Government simply did not have the money to pay for it. He said the hospital was still providing a very good service despite the limited lack of facilities.

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