Mercury’s Picture Past: August 26, 1966

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:32 30 August 2016

St. John Ambulance Brigade motor cycle gymkhana. The sidecar races gave the passengers plenty of work on the long wet grass.

St. John Ambulance Brigade motor cycle gymkhana. The sidecar races gave the passengers plenty of work on the long wet grass.

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The parish council of Banwell refused new plans to ease congestion through the centre of the village, with one councillor describing the ideas as ‘a lot of hooey’.

The proposal came from Leonard Jones, who wanted to install traffic lights to relieve difficulties created by the narrow ‘bottle-neck’ in the main street. His plan was refused.

Cllr H Nicholls said “I am not saying that there is no congestion at any time in Banwell, but this sort of thing commonly met with under today’s traffic conditions.”

- A Weston librarian, his wife and family were among the Somerset dancers who returned from a folk dance festival tour across Central France.

- The Yatton-to-Clevedon railway line was announced to be closing sooner than expected by Western Region of Bristish Rail. The plan was announced as part of a money saving scheme.

Weston Harriers open gymkhana. Amanda White giving her pony a tit-bit after winning the leading rein event.Weston Harriers open gymkhana. Amanda White giving her pony a tit-bit after winning the leading rein event.

- New coloured illuminations went up along Weston seafront. The combined operation between the Hotels and Restaurants Association and the electricians of the Borough Engineer’s department saw 12 pieces go up on lamp-posts between Oxford Street and the open-air pool.

- A speaker at the Wedmore Harvest Home luncheon spoke out about the importance of farming and the industry getting the recognition it deserves.

Chairman Ernest Banwell said: “There will soon come an appreciation of the extent to which agriculture can play its part. If our industry doesn’t prosper, then this country won’t prosper.”

- Weston football team had their first-ever win at Bideford. The team had previously been beaten twice by the North Devon side. Weston won 2-1 with goals from Bobby Gibbs and Brian Owen.

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