Picture Past: June 3, 1966

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 June 2016

Motorcycle riders at the start of the CentreStar 1,000c.c. event in the Roman Scramble on Bleadon Hill.

Motorcycle riders at the start of the CentreStar 1,000c.c. event in the Roman Scramble on Bleadon Hill.

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A record number of bank holiday visitors and villagers’ fury over a ‘disgraceful’ lack of pavements all hit the headlines in 1966.

This group of young people walked from Weston to Highbridge to raise funds for the War on Want Campaign. Each walker was sponsored by volunteers who guaranteed to contribute a sum to the fund for each mile walked.This group of young people walked from Weston to Highbridge to raise funds for the War on Want Campaign. Each walker was sponsored by volunteers who guaranteed to contribute a sum to the fund for each mile walked.

The Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported on the stories in the June 3 edition.

■ A sunny Bank Holiday weekend drew record crowds to Weston’s seafront. The number of day visitors to the area on Whit Sunday hit a record high of 95,000 people. However, the bank holiday ended with a huge traffic queue spanning from Weston to Bristol, according to publicity officer Edward Turner.

■ A number of councillors supported plans to alter the times of Weston Borough Council meetings, as they believed hosting evening meetings would enable more people to offer their services as councillors. The proposal was defeated after the majority of councillors felt evening meetings would take up too much of the council staff’s private time.

■ East Brent Parish Council launched an investigation into the possible cause of flooding which blighted the village in April 1966. Councillors wanted to make sure similar flooding did not occur in the future.

■ People in Winscombe felt the lack of pavements in their village was a ‘disgrace’ and urged the parish council to act. The council was told the village school’s PTA was concerned about the dangers posed by the lack of pavements. Professor T K Ewer said: “It is a disgrace that a lot of children should not be allowed to use pavements when we see of often places where lavish sums of money are being spent on paths nowhere near habitation.”

■ Weston’s new mayor, Cllr R W Thomas, enjoyed one of his first official engagements when he opened the Worle branch of the Royal British Legion’s annual fete. The mayor and mayoress toured the grounds and awarded prizes for the fete’s fancy dress competition, and wonderful weather meant the day was a great success.

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