Picture Past: June 12, 1964

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2014

Despite heavy intermitant rain, Allerton garden fete was held on Saturday and proved a big success. The showers did not deter the children from flocking around for donkey rides.

Despite heavy intermitant rain, Allerton garden fete was held on Saturday and proved a big success. The showers did not deter the children from flocking around for donkey rides.


STAFF at Weston’s library were considering taking legal action against people who had not returned their books this week in 1964.

It was one of the stories reported in the June 12 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald.

* A ‘no fines fortnight’ at Weston Library had paid off, with more than 100 books returned, the paper reported. But another 100 were said to still be missing, and staff were considering taking people to court to get the property back.

* A plea for more council houses for key workers to save Westland helicopter factory at Weston was made to Weston Borough Council’s housing committee. The firm had problems with redundancies in the past and was trying to re-establish itself by introducing machinery work. But this specialised work meant employing people from outside the area – who it was said would not accept jobs without houses. The council heard how if the factory, which employed 829 people, were to survive it needed an allocation of council housing.

* The platform stone the clock in Highbridge used to stand on was removed and replaced with bollards, causing “a storm of protest in the town.” The clock had been demolished by a lorry.

* Burnham Urban District Council’s entertainments committee recommended an open-air unheated pool should be provided on The Hall site. The council had been debating the issue for a number of years but always ruled it out due to the cost.

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