Picture Past: June 11, 1965

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 June 2015

Worle Women's section of the British Legion held their Whitsun Monday charity fete at the church hall. PC Grant Roger keeps an eye on the witch, Loraine Davies, as she helps herself to a cake from the Queen of Hearts, Lynette Roger. The witness is Julie Palmer.

Worle Women's section of the British Legion held their Whitsun Monday charity fete at the church hall. PC Grant Roger keeps an eye on the witch, Loraine Davies, as she helps herself to a cake from the Queen of Hearts, Lynette Roger. The witness is Julie Palmer.

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THOUSANDS of people poured into Weston for a Whitsun weekend – but traders were angry that drivers were diverted away from their shops.

The news was featured in the June 11 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1965.

■ Despite uncertain weather over Whitsun, around 11,000 people visited Weston on the Monday. This equalled the all-time visitor record for the day. The total visitor numbers for Monday and Sunday was said to be about 200,000. There were about 3,350 cars entering Weston an hour during Monday morning.

■ But traders were angered after police operated an emergency diversion scheme to funnel drivers away from Regent Street and the central area of the seafront. The Mercury said: “The result was that Locking Road, from the traffic lights to Alexandra Parade, was as quiet as on a Sunday during winter.” Traders and boarding house-keepers said they had been deprived of early season income because there was no passing trade.

■ It was decided that smoking would be banned at all future Burnham Urban District Council meetings.

■ A study group set up by Weston Borough Council said a children’s lido with a playing area, paddling pool and shelters was an ‘essential amenity’. It said this should be run by a private company if necessary.

■ Yatton Parish Council asked ‘how many corpses it would take’ before road improvement work was done. The council had asked for improvements at Frost Hill, also known as Tripp’s Corner.

■ The Somerset Trust for Nature Conservation announced it was against plans to build a cable railway up the cliffs at Cheddar Gorge. The trust said it would lead to the destruction of rare plants.

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