Picture Past: September 6, 1968 – TV presenter David Frost in Weston

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 September 2018

David Frost and donkey proprietor Don Trapnell talking to young jockeys before the start of the beach donkey race for a special edition of

David Frost and donkey proprietor Don Trapnell talking to young jockeys before the start of the beach donkey race for a special edition of "Frost on Saturday" which was televised "live" from Weston-super-Mare. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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A visit by TV personality David Frost and experiences of being in Doctor Who were featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1968. Here is the news from that week.

David Frost on Weston beach for a special edition of David Frost on Weston beach for a special edition of "Frost on Saturday" which was televised "live" from Weston-super-Mare. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• David Frost, the often controversial TV interviewer hosted a different style of programme live from Weston.

Mr Frost was best known for challenging leading personalities with some probing questions, but Frost On Saturday was given a fresh feel when he visited the town.

Westonians and holidaymakers were the guests, with the first half of the programme recorded on the beach.

The second half was filmed in the Winter Gardens.

Lady helpers provide a preview of some of Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home's famous trifles.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYLady helpers provide a preview of some of Hewish, Puxton and Wick St Lawrence Harvest Home's famous trifles. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

During the morning, Mr Frost watched children build sandcastles and discussed the donkeys with Don Trapnell.

• There were complaints motorists had trouble parking outside the information bureau in Weston.

Weston Borough Council considered moving it to Oxford Street.

• There was a possibility the Gaumont Theatre in Weston would be changed into a bingo hall.

Mr. R.J. Quick and his son, Timothy, of Appleton Farm, Wick St Lawrence, and their pedigree cow, Venner Waterloo Rose the ninth, winner of the Herbert Showering Challenge Cup at the Mid-Somerset Show.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYMr. R.J. Quick and his son, Timothy, of Appleton Farm, Wick St Lawrence, and their pedigree cow, Venner Waterloo Rose the ninth, winner of the Herbert Showering Challenge Cup at the Mid-Somerset Show. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• The future of the Bristol Channel was being considered by several Government departments.

They were examining a plan to build a series of dams across the Severn.

They would be large enough to carry road and rail links and would make it possible to walk from Weston to Cardiff.

Needless to say, this idea did not come to fruition.

Winscombe Youth XI before their match at home to Bristol City Youth.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYWinscombe Youth XI before their match at home to Bristol City Youth. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• The village of Christon was faced with raising £2,000 so the roof on St Mary the Virgin Church could be repaired.

• Peter Greene, who acted in Weston’s Charles Vance Company, played a Cyberman in a Doctor Who episode.

He described his time inside the rubber suit and said: “I was often killing myself with laughter inside my suit because we all looked so silly.”

• Members of the Somerset education committee were divided over a potential meat ban from countries where foot and mouth disease was endemic.

David Johnson, aged three, and Robert Lynham, eight, at one of the stalls at Burnham War Memorial Hospital League of Friends fete.   

Picture: WESTON MERCURYDavid Johnson, aged three, and Robert Lynham, eight, at one of the stalls at Burnham War Memorial Hospital League of Friends fete. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

It was proposed meat from those places should not be used in school meals.

However, it was felt if there was such a ban it should apply to all meat used by the county council.

• In the Mercury’s 1968 Picture Past equivalent, it was said how a seal was entertaining people around Birnbeck Pier in 1943.

Seals had become a rarer sight in Weston by 1943, though once they had played havoc with fishermen’s nets.

Mrs. White and her son, Lee running in the three-legged egg and spoon race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYMrs. White and her son, Lee running in the three-legged egg and spoon race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Finishing the obstacle race meant getting in the sack at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYFinishing the obstacle race meant getting in the sack at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Only the riders had to climb through the tyres in this obstacle race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYOnly the riders had to climb through the tyres in this obstacle race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Dogs and runner racing to climb through the tyres in the dog's obstacle race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYDogs and runner racing to climb through the tyres in the dog's obstacle race at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Winner of the best-matching pair class at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYWinner of the best-matching pair class at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

L.R. Cox, champion sheaf thrower tops the 22ft. bar at the Bleadon Hill Sports event.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYL.R. Cox, champion sheaf thrower tops the 22ft. bar at the Bleadon Hill Sports event. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 6th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 6th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 6th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 6th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 6th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYFront Page 6th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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