Picture Past: September 15, 1967
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 September 2017
A wind-blocking screen for Weston-super-Mare's open air pool and an unusual punishment made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from September 15, 1967.
• A teenager admitted to making a bomb hoax on Weston’s pier – and an unusual part of his fine included paying £5 for the electricity he used to make the phone call.
Thousands of holidaymakers had to be turned away from the Grand Pier when police received a call about a bomb.
It later transpired the call was made by a 16-year-old boy, who faced magistrates to answer for his actions. He was fined £10 and £5 for extracting the electricity to make the call.
• Weston Borough Council saw takings for its outdoor entertainments soar thanks to the warm weather.
The deckchairs and bookings at the Winter Gardens brought in a profit, but takings were down at the Knightstone Theatre.
Councillors thought the theatre made a loss because people had chosen to stay outside in the warmer weather.
• A £158,000 extension scheme for Weston Town Hall in Walliscote Grove Road was announced. It would involve a three-storey extension, with 6,000sq-ft of space on each floor.
The council had already bought the properties it needed to knock down to make way for the extension, and the land left more room for further expansion in the future.
• There were 163 accidents in Weston during 13 weeks in May, June and July.
No-one had been killed, but 20 people had been seriously injured, and 55 slightly injured.
• A £12,000 improvement scheme was planned for the Knightstone Baths and open air pool.
The council approved the spending, which included modernising changing facilities and installing a £7,500 perspex wind-blocking screen.
A two to three per cent rise in visitor numbers at the open air pool would be enough to pay for the screen.
• Burnham Urban District Council was invited by British Rail to buy the old railway site.
Councillors were interested but said the £40,000 quoted was too high.
It was thought the land could be used for amusement facilities, such as 10-pin bowling.
• Archaeological work on Roman buildings discovered in Banwell would continue in a month’s time.
New attempts would be made to locate more Roman structures thought to exist nearby.