Gallery: Picture Past - August 30, 1963

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2013

Some of the prizewinning animals with their young admirers

Some of the prizewinning animals with their young admirers


A SIX-week experimental hovercraft service between Weston and South Wales was brought to an end this week in 1963.

The Weston Mercury and Somersetshire Herald reported on the final journey of the hovercraft, which carried 7,000 passengers to Penarth and back during the experiment.

Other stories from around the area during the week of August 30, 1963 included:

*The ‘near-disintegration of moral life’ is criticised by Weston Baptist Church, disturbed at the “terrible deterioration – almost disintegration – of spiritual and moral life”, deacons of Clarence Park Baptist Church, Weston, will be visiting members of the church for discussion and to seek their cooperation in a greater mobilisation of all their resources in the work of the church.

*It was a long drop when a 22-year-old man fell off a bicycle at Wedmore – for he was riding a penny farthing at the time. He was taken to hospital and said to be “quite comfortable.”

*The flag day at Weston in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution resulted in the record sum of £428 being collected.

*Despite the opportunities for employment normally available at Weston during the height of the summer season, the local unemployment rate for August was 2.4, a percentage beyond county, regional and national levels.

*Work is going ahead rapidly on Cheddar’s new secondary school, which is being built near the Parish Church on the site of excavations of what was believed to be a Saxon Royal palace. The 13th Century chapel dedicated to St Columba, is being incorporated into the layout of the new school, which is due to open towards the end of next year.

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