Picture Past: November 10, 1967
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 November 2017
The first British person to be honoured in the International Swimming Hall of Fame during their lifetime was 81-year-old Paulo Radmilovic from Weston-super-Mare.
He had won four gold medals in water polo, and many of his trophies were on display at the Imperial Hotel, where his son Peter was the licensee.
* There was flooding at Burnham, Kewstoke and Uphill after more strong winds and high tides.
More than 30 holiday villas in Highbridge were damaged, and would cost several thousand pounds to repair.
* Locking Parish Council and the village’s community association were praised for their efforts in raising the money for a village hall.
It was designed by the late Mr H Geoffrey Round, who was Axbridge Rural District Counci’s architect, and opened by the village’s vicar.
* Better sports facilities were needed in Weston because people had more leisure time, it was said at a meeting. Councils and committees gathered to consider creating the North Somerset Sports Development Centre.
Mr Bull, the assistant education officer for Somerset, said: “The development of sports facilities is becoming increasingly important in our society with the increasing amount of leisure time and shortened working hours.”
* Did Knightstone get its name because a knight was once buried there?
The Mercury’s history column speculated over the area’s origins.
It said antiquarian Rutter wrote in 1829 how it was the burial place for a ‘gigantic’ Roman knight.
Rutter thought the knight would have been stationed at Worle Hill or Uphill, and said he had studied the bones.
* Plans for a £14,000 streetlight scheme in Congresbury were put on display for parishioners to view.
* An attempt to find lead in a Somerset hillside was underway.
Somerset County Council commissioned the Newcastle-based firm to search for it near Cheddar.
If it was found, it was thought it could lead to the revival of an industry which had died out in Somerset in the past century.
* The Guy Fawkes carnival was revived in Burnham after seven years following a merger with the summer carnival.
The change proved a success, as 55 entries were watched by thousands of people.