Picture Past: Weston Mercury archives from August 16, 1963

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 20 August 2013

Johnny Foley (Lancashire) delivers a forearm smash to

Johnny Foley (Lancashire) delivers a forearm smash to "Mr. TV" Pallo (Highbury) during their catchweight contest.


THE introduction of speed guns in Weston was one of the hot news topics in August 1963, according to the archives of the Weston Mercury and Somersetshire Herald’s August 16th edition.

Photos of a man balancing atop a swaying 100ft pole while drinking milk also featured, a stunt to promote the drink organised by the Milk Marketing Board.

There was also wrestling at the Winter Gardens and a date was set for the closure of several local train stations, including Brent Knoll and Bleadon and Uphill stations.

Here is a selection of news from around the area:

n Six speeding motorists were caught and fined in Locking Road by new police ‘radar meter’.

n Weston Youth Orchestra to be featured in 15 minute slot on the BBC Home Service Radio programme Playing Together.

n Despite some interruptions to the service, over 4,000 passengers have used the Bristol Channel Hovercraft based at Weston in the three weeks since its launch.

n A senior police officer has described traffic in the Alexandra Parade area as ‘pretty grim’ in a report to a council meeting to discuss the flow of traffic in Weston.

n Ubley bride Miss Carol Ann Smailes led a bridal procession on foot, on the arm of her father, to the church of St Bartholomew through her home village of Ubley.

Have you got any photos from days gone by? Email a digital copy to 
newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk and your shots could be included in a future Picture Past.

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