Picture Past: May 27, 1966

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2016

The trust funds of Hill Road Methodist Church, Weston-s-Mare, will benefit by £214 which was raised as a result of the May Market held in the Church Hall. Diane Chamerlain tries her hand at bagatelle.

The trust funds of Hill Road Methodist Church, Weston-s-Mare, will benefit by £214 which was raised as a result of the May Market held in the Church Hall. Diane Chamerlain tries her hand at bagatelle.

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Tourism in Weston was top of the agenda in 1966, in preparation for the summer season.

The weather was the only unsuccessful aspect of the Field Day held by the Churchill Club. In spite of this however, there was a very good attendance and those who did turn up were not disapointed by the variety of entertainments available. Larry the clown enertains the children.The weather was the only unsuccessful aspect of the Field Day held by the Churchill Club. In spite of this however, there was a very good attendance and those who did turn up were not disapointed by the variety of entertainments available. Larry the clown enertains the children.

The stories were featured in the May 27 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The ambitions for Weston’s future were outlined by the town’s new mayor. Cllr Reginald Wilfred Thomas said improving the Winter Gardens, creating a caravan transit site, and rebuilding The Playhouse, which had been destroyed in a fire, were all in the pipeline. He also attended the opening of a pitch and putt course at Ashcombe Park.

■ A 10-pin bowling alley at Dolphin Square was opened. It was called the Corkwood Bowl, and cost £120,000 to build. It took four tons of timber and 90,000 nails to create it.

■ Preparations were being made for the upcoming Whitsun weekend. Around 200,000 visitors arrived in Weston over the two days in 1965. About a third of hotels in the town – 55 of them – were already fully-booked.

■ It was hoped building work for a new hospital in Weston would start in 1969 – three years earlier than it was originally expected. The Mercury said work would start with a maternity unit. The news came after the Government announced a £1billion building programme for hospitals.

■ Squirrels in Cheddar had taken up a new pastime – pulling apart sacks used for waste paper. One councillor said she had never seen the gorge in such a mess.

■ The future of King John’s Hunting Lodge in Axbridge was ‘in the balance’. Axbridge Rural District Council was told unless the council agreed to buy it that day, it would be put onto the open market. The council wanted to keep it in public ownership, but was not able to make a decision without details going to the finance committee first.

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