Picture Past: September 13, 1968 – New entrance plan for Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 September 2018

Bleadon's lost war memorial has been found on a building site with the help of a Weston Mercury reporter and the good memory of site foreman Joseph Topping.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Bleadon's lost war memorial has been found on a building site with the help of a Weston Mercury reporter and the good memory of site foreman Joseph Topping. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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Changes to Weston’s Grand Pier and the rediscovery of lost memorial tablets made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the September 13 edition.

Rosemary Champion and Jillian Board about to serve trifle to Brian Cox at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYRosemary Champion and Jillian Board about to serve trifle to Brian Cox at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• A new entrance was proposed for Weston’s Grand Pier, incorporating shops, a kiosk and fish and chips restaurant.

It would also have a small amusement arcade and a sun deck.

The plans were presented to Weston Borough Council, where some members expressed concerns it could affect the views across Weston Bay, as the new entrance would be higher and wider.

• A lost memorial was rediscovered at a building site in Bleadoon.

Their last grazing days in the shadow of Woodspring Priory. These cattle are part of the auction in which all the animals and farm implements at Woodspring will be sold before the owner, Mr. R.F. Burrough, retires and the land is bought by the National Trust.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYTheir last grazing days in the shadow of Woodspring Priory. These cattle are part of the auction in which all the animals and farm implements at Woodspring will be sold before the owner, Mr. R.F. Burrough, retires and the land is bought by the National Trust. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The five granite tablets had been created to commemorate men from the village who died in World War One.

They had been part of the wall at Bleadon Chapel, in Shiplate Road, which was knocked down in 1966 to make way for houses.

The tablets had vanished, but a Mercury reporter managed to track down a contractor involved in the demolition, and was led to the tablets, which were hidden beneath nettles and brambles.

• Weston was known nationally as a bowling centre, but its changing facilities and cloakroom were reportedly terrible.

Ads 13th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 13th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Weston Borough Council was asked to set aside £12,000 to build a new pavilion.

• One of the finest herds of British Friesian cattle in the West of England went under the hammer at Woodspring Priory.

Farmer, and the owner of the historic site, Mr RF Burrough owned the animals, but he was selling the land to the National Trust.

Mr Burrough was described as one of the pioneers of the Friesian cows in the West of England, and his 200 animals sold for thousands of pounds.

The Yatton RFC and Selected XV which played a special match to celebrate the opening of the Yatton's club's new ground and dressing rooms.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe Yatton RFC and Selected XV which played a special match to celebrate the opening of the Yatton's club's new ground and dressing rooms. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• A factory on the Oldmixon estate had increased its productivity by a third in four months, to try to meet Government targets.

Ministers wanted productivity in industry to go up by 70 per cent in nine months.

The Oldmixon firm, Compression Joints Ltd, had managed 34 per cent in four months by encouraging workers and bosses to communicate more effectively.

• A team of 50 archeologists were to descend on Cadbury Hill in Congresbury to search for fresh clues from the King Alfred period.

Hutton Village Flower Show and Fete.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYHutton Village Flower Show and Fete. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• So much litter had accumulated in The Square in Axbridge it was described as an ‘absolute disgrace’.

Hutton Village Flower Show and Fete. A demonstration of Judo was given by the Hutton Judo Club.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYHutton Village Flower Show and Fete. A demonstration of Judo was given by the Hutton Judo Club. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The second annual Cycling Festival at Weston-super-Mare. The Mayor, Cllr. P.F. Hess presents Kevin Austin, of Worle, with the cycle he won in the proficiency tests.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe second annual Cycling Festival at Weston-super-Mare. The Mayor, Cllr. P.F. Hess presents Kevin Austin, of Worle, with the cycle he won in the proficiency tests. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Caroline and Sharon Durbin provide the picture for their harvest hoop frame at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYCaroline and Sharon Durbin provide the picture for their harvest hoop frame at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Guests enjoying the luncheon at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYGuests enjoying the luncheon at Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

One of the finest herds of British Friesian cattle in the West of England was sold by auction at Woodspring Priory. It was the first of two sales in which all the animals and farm implements at Woodspring will be sold before the owner, Mr. R.F. Burrough, retires and the land is bought by the National Trust.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYOne of the finest herds of British Friesian cattle in the West of England was sold by auction at Woodspring Priory. It was the first of two sales in which all the animals and farm implements at Woodspring will be sold before the owner, Mr. R.F. Burrough, retires and the land is bought by the National Trust. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 13th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 13th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 13th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 13th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 13th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYFront Page 13th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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