Picture Past: June 17, 1966

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 June 2016

Christopher Wilkins reached 17' 8

Christopher Wilkins reached 17' 8" at this attempt in the long jump event.


Pigeons were causing havoc in Weston again in 1966 while the cost to rebuild The Playhouse after a fire had gone up.

Mary Poppins and company at Banwell fete: John Barrett, Susan Harding, Keith Raymond, Ann Barrett, Christopher Harding, Pamela Harding and Nicholas Harding.Mary Poppins and company at Banwell fete: John Barrett, Susan Harding, Keith Raymond, Ann Barrett, Christopher Harding, Pamela Harding and Nicholas Harding.

The stories were reported in the June 17 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The cost to rebuild The Playhouse, after it was destroyed in a fire, had gone up. The latest figure was £211,000, up from the original estimate of £150,000. The theatre was to be built on the same site of the one which was destroyed in August 

■ About 100 succulent plants on Weston’s floral clock did not survive a week – because the pigeons ate all of them. The pigeons were a recurring problem, and a project to catch them had not been successful, with only 30 being caught.

■ A new pitch and putt course in Ashcombe Park was not proving popular with everyone. Two passers-by had been hit by balls struck by learner golfers. The borough council decided to put a net in place to stop it happening again.

■ Weston was hit by its ‘most violent storm for years’. Houses were struck by lightning, roads flooded and the fire brigade was inundated with calls. Baker Street was flooded with around six inches of water in places.

■ New pedestrian crossings were being considered in Beach Road and Birnbeck Road.

■ Weston Borough Council pledged to fight a plan for a new road to the seafront which would take out some of the Winter Garden’s putting green. Somerset County Council’s works committee had said it would have to go ahead regardless.

■ Strawberry growers in Cheddar were not expecting a glut of fruit in 1966 – but they said they were exceptional in flavour.

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