Picture Past: November 10, 1967

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 November 2017

The Weston water polo teams won all three Western Counties titles.  The mayor, Cllr CD Curtis received the teams in his parlour at the Town Hall.

The Weston water polo teams won all three Western Counties titles. The mayor, Cllr CD Curtis received the teams in his parlour at the Town Hall.

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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.

Coping stones were swept from Burnham's sea wall by the wind-whipped high tide.Coping stones were swept from Burnham's sea wall by the wind-whipped high tide.

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.

Five-year-old Neil Davies holds up a giant mushroom found in a field at Apple Farm St Georges.Five-year-old Neil Davies holds up a giant mushroom found in a field at Apple Farm St Georges.

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.

Flooding outside The Commodore, at Kewstoke.Flooding outside The Commodore, at Kewstoke.

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.

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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 Weston 18-plus Group held its opening night at the Victoria Hotel, Regent Street. Between 60 and 70 young people attended.The Weston 18-plus Group held its opening night at the Victoria Hotel, Regent Street. Between 60 and 70 young people attended.

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.

Pictured at Kewstoke WI's sale of work are Mrs. J. Wall with her daughters Lia and Zoe.Pictured at Kewstoke WI's sale of work are Mrs. J. Wall with her daughters Lia and Zoe.

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.

Lympsham branch of the Barnado Helpers' League raised £135 from an autumn fair at the Manor Hall. Twins Susan and Carolyn Rae examine one of the novelty vegetables.Lympsham branch of the Barnado Helpers' League raised £135 from an autumn fair at the Manor Hall. Twins Susan and Carolyn Rae examine one of the novelty vegetables.

* An attempt to find lead in a Somerset hillside was underway.

Jenny Yeates admires the bowl of chrysanthemums which won the George Wood Challenge Cup for Mr. Morley Densley at Weston Chrysanthemum Show.Jenny Yeates admires the bowl of chrysanthemums which won the George Wood Challenge Cup for Mr. Morley Densley at Weston Chrysanthemum Show.

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.

Ads 10th November 1967 Edition.Ads 10th November 1967 Edition.

* The Guy Fawkes carnival was revived in Burnham after seven years following a merger with the summer carnival.

Front Page 10th November 1967 Edition.Front Page 10th November 1967 Edition.

The change proved a success, as 55 entries were watched by thousands of people.

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