Picture Past: June 21, 1968 – farcical bridge not going to be changed for seven years

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 June 2018

L. Ford on Peter Piper during the junior open jumping at Backwell Horse Show.

L. Ford on Peter Piper during the junior open jumping at Backwell Horse Show.

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A bridge, which was unusable for some people, was not likely to be finished for seven years, it was reported 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1968.

Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Ross Lovell (left) winning the boys' 50 yard race. Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Ross Lovell (left) winning the boys' 50 yard race.

• Weston Borough Council promised it was not launching an ‘anti-gas campaign’ after it chose to build an eight-storey block of flats without gas heating.

The council thought the tenants, who would live on the Oldmixon estate, would worry about a gas explosion, particularly as there had been an explosion in a block in London.

• The council was also considering altering a by-law which imposed an eight-mile-an-hour speed limit on Weston’s beach.

The limit had been in force for 40 years, but the authority was considering altering it so car racing could take place.

Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Concentration in the sack race. Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Concentration in the sack race.

• There was a plea for the footbridge linking Dolphin Square and Beach Road to be completed – but the council was facing the prospect of it not happening for seven years.

When it was built, one side ended with steps, and the other with a ramp, which meant people with pushchairs had to turn back when they realised they could not get down the other side.

The council heard it could take seven years to be completed, since the builder did not yet own the land to build the ramp on the other side.

• A ban on excursion coaches on the seafront had brought strong opposition from coach owners.

Ads 21st June 1968 Edition. Ads 21st June 1968 Edition.

The new rules only allowed express coaches to use the Melrose car park for setting down and picking up passengers.

• The Bristol Channel was going to be searched for any large deposits of gas or natural oil.

• The National Trust launched its £30,000 appeal to buy Woodspring Priory, at Middle Hope, ‘for the nation’.

• The paper’s Looking Back column featured a scathing comment from 1868.

Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Competitors were encouraged by the classmates. Uphill Junior School Sports Day. Competitors were encouraged by the classmates.

A clergyman had been chosen as chairman of the town’s commissioners and the Mercury said it had no good opinion of clerics as ‘men of business’.

It said: “They are not only deficient in their knowledge of the ways of the world, but are apt, because of the respect paid to their social position, to be a little imperious and exceedingly conceited of qualities which they rarely, or never, possess.”

The writer added those observations were not made from any personal disapproval of the reverend gentleman.

• Also, in 1918, it was reported a decision was taken to reconstruct the Grand Pier.

Pony rides were popular with the children at Bleadon parish garden fete. Pony rides were popular with the children at Bleadon parish garden fete.

Ellenborourgh Park presented a hot and teeming scene on Saturday when the parishes of Corpus Christi, St Josephs and Our Lady of Lourdes held their annual fete. Malcolm Bowey (left) won first prize in the fancy dress parade as Ellenborourgh Park presented a hot and teeming scene on Saturday when the parishes of Corpus Christi, St Josephs and Our Lady of Lourdes held their annual fete. Malcolm Bowey (left) won first prize in the fancy dress parade as "midsomer madness." Christopher and Graham Collett were second as 'Steptoe and Son.'

The senior and junior members of Weston-super-Mare YMCA have won more trophies and prizes than in any previous year. Mrs. J.E. Griffiths presents the Weston YMCA chairman's award to S. Iles. Looking on are (left to right) J. Underwood, P. Griffiths (Boy of the Year), B. Tanner, N. Owen, athletics captain N. Booth, C. Milford, L. Tucker and S. Gross. The senior and junior members of Weston-super-Mare YMCA have won more trophies and prizes than in any previous year. Mrs. J.E. Griffiths presents the Weston YMCA chairman's award to S. Iles. Looking on are (left to right) J. Underwood, P. Griffiths (Boy of the Year), B. Tanner, N. Owen, athletics captain N. Booth, C. Milford, L. Tucker and S. Gross.

Competitors in the fancy dress parade at East Brent Church Fete - left to right: Caroline Weeks (space girl), Mary Morgan (witch), Lynda Vile (senora) and Susan Binning (tyred plumber). Competitors in the fancy dress parade at East Brent Church Fete - left to right: Caroline Weeks (space girl), Mary Morgan (witch), Lynda Vile (senora) and Susan Binning (tyred plumber).

The season of garden fetes has come round again. This is the scene at that held at Badgeworth Court, the Mendip Housing Society's home for the elderly. The season of garden fetes has come round again. This is the scene at that held at Badgeworth Court, the Mendip Housing Society's home for the elderly.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Mrs D.A. Edwards, was a guest at a dance held by the Weston and Distrist Society for the Mentally Handicapped. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Mrs D.A. Edwards, was a guest at a dance held by the Weston and Distrist Society for the Mentally Handicapped.

Smiles all round at Backwell horse show and gymkhana. Smiles all round at Backwell horse show and gymkhana.

Front Page 21st June 1968 Edition. Front Page 21st June 1968 Edition.

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