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Picture Past: September 29, 1967 – Cave in ‘golden mile’ sold at auction

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 September 2017

Hutton Primary School Parent and Teacher Association fair. Winners in the under-fives fancy dress competition were Hilary Sweet and Claude and Craig Edwards.

Hutton Primary School Parent and Teacher Association fair. Winners in the under-fives fancy dress competition were Hilary Sweet and Claude and Craig Edwards.

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Weston’s pedestrian bridge and the sale of a cave and observatory made headlines 50 years ago. The stories were included in the September 27 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967.

More than 100 competitors took part iin the Weston scout pedal-car competition on the promenade. More than 100 competitors took part iin the Weston scout pedal-car competition on the promenade.

• A bridge linking Weston’s shopping development at Dolphin Square with the seafront was almost complete.

A crane placed 12 huge concrete beams in place, as the project neared its conclusion.

• Properties based in Cheddar’s ‘golden mile’ were sold for more than £35,000 in an auction.

The most spirited bidding was for Jacob’s Ladder, 274 steps in the gorge, which was sold to Lord Weymouth for £16,000.

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Also included in the sale was a cave, a car park, observatory and camera obscura.

Lord Weymouth was the son of the Marquis of Bath who owned Gough’s and Cox’s Caves.

• Representatives from Weston were not allowed to attend a conference held by the Regional Economic Planning Council.

The ‘cold shoulder’ came just a week after Weston was ignored in a report about the South West’s economic future.

George Taylor and  Ann Munn leading community singing during the children's programme at the Odeon cinema. George Taylor and Ann Munn leading community singing during the children's programme at the Odeon cinema.

The planning council said Weston councillors could not go as they were not from a large local authority.

• A protest about mail collections being done too early at Wrington’s Post Office was made to the parish council.

One solicitor said he had to sign the last of his letters at 4pm because post was being collected from the Post Office at 5.10pm.

• Lympsham needed a youth organisation, a children’s playground and a playing field, residents said at a parish council meeting.

Scouts take on the pedal-car competition. Scouts take on the pedal-car competition.

The council had invited people to share their views on how the village should change in the future.

• Interest in Axbridge’s history was ‘heightened’ following a pageant.

But members of the parish council wanted to keep the interest going, and felt a tidy-up was crucial.

It was the hoped the ‘unsightly’ electricity poles and wires across The Square would be taken down.

The scout pedal race. The scout pedal race.

• Schoolchildren in Stone Allerton were facing a ‘serious transport problem’.

Many of them travelled to their school in Lower Weare, just under three miles away.

But there were proposals children under the age of eight would no longer be taken there by bus, and would be expected to walk instead.

Parents said they would take strong action against the plans.

Part of the assembly at Churchill Secondary School's prizegiving. Part of the assembly at Churchill Secondary School's prizegiving.

MORE: Picture Past – September 22, 1967.

Hutton Primary School Parent-Teacher Association Fair, In the five- to seven-year-old age group, fancy dress winners were Martin Cox (first) with Helen Adams (second). Hutton Primary School Parent-Teacher Association Fair, In the five- to seven-year-old age group, fancy dress winners were Martin Cox (first) with Helen Adams (second).

The young people of St Peter's Church, Milton, raising money for the Missionary Society at their September Fayre. Christine Hyde, Brenda Tamlin, Susanne Gill, Linda Crocker and Alison Chambers help at the white elephant stall. The young people of St Peter's Church, Milton, raising money for the Missionary Society at their September Fayre. Christine Hyde, Brenda Tamlin, Susanne Gill, Linda Crocker and Alison Chambers help at the white elephant stall.

Ads 29th September 1967 Edition. Ads 29th September 1967 Edition.

Front Page 29th September 1967 Edition. Front Page 29th September 1967 Edition.

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