Picture Past: June 4, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2015

North Somerset Show. A tethered entry at the Long Ashton Show appears to be looking enviously at 16 month-old Rickey Hewer as he takes a refreshing swig at his bottle.

North Somerset Show. A tethered entry at the Long Ashton Show appears to be looking enviously at 16 month-old Rickey Hewer as he takes a refreshing swig at his bottle.

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WESTON was accused of flouting health and safety standards on its beach, while officers planned to ban ‘fictitious’ currency being advertised in its guidebook in 1965.

Even the dog seeks a higher view-point as this party from Totterdown Farm, Hutton, watches events at Congresbury gymkhana.Even the dog seeks a higher view-point as this party from Totterdown Farm, Hutton, watches events at Congresbury gymkhana.

The stories were reported in the June 4 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ Weston Borough Council hit back at reports which said the town had flouted health and safety standards. The report was made by the British Safety Council which ‘blacklisted’ Weston and 13 other resorts for having a ‘poor’ beach, criticising how dirty it was. Edward Turner, Weston’s publicity officer, said the town had the cleanest beach in the country.

■ Weston became the first resort in the country to ban the word ‘guinea’ from hotel advertisements. From 1966, the official guidebook would only list prices in pounds, shillings and pence. Publicity officer Edward Turner said: “Nearly half the 400 advertisers in this year’s guide use this fictitious unit of currency and it is confusing to the foreign visitors we are endeavouring to attract.”

■ Plans to rebuild The Playhouse Theatre, which had been destroyed in a fire, were well under way. The proposals included the addition of a balcony, and the theatre would seat 663 
people. There would be an improved stage, 
and dressing rooms to accommodate 50 performers.

■ Winscombe Rugby Club was growing so rapidly it could not provide all of its members with a game. It told the parish council that it was short of playing space.

■ The tracks of the old Cheddar Valley railway line were being taken up at Congresbury. The probability was the bridge on the Weston to Bristol road, which spanned the line, would be removed and the road levelled out.

■ A 158-house building scheme was approved by Axbridge Rural District Council. The homes were due to be built over the coming four years, with houses in Axbridge, Wedmore, Congresbury, Banwell Cheddar, Bleadon, Sandford and Kewstoke.

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