Picture Past: Strikes, sewer pipes and British Standard Time

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered P

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered Plumbers Association. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Almost 100 workers at a factory in Weston downed tools in solidarity with a fellow worker, who had been dismissed in Birmingham.

Front Page 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Workers at Alldays and Peacock had been on Strike for a week along with workers at the Birmingham factory after a shop steward, who was a member of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering and Foundry Workers (AEF), was sacked for alleged negligence.

His fellow workers demanded his reinstatement and said no previous complaint had been made about his workmanship during his 17 years at the company.

Pickets were constructed by workers to stop materials getting in or out of the site.

This was the first strike at the Weston factory, which made gearboxes, industrial fans and ventilation equipment in the eight years it had been open.

Ads 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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? The road from Churchill to Weston was blocked for more than eight hours on the evening of January 26, when a large lorry carrying 18 tonnes of concrete sewer pipes shed part of its load.

The vehicle was travelling from Churchill Gate towards Sandford when it had to negotiate roadworks close to where a new main sewer was being laid.

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While passing these works, a grass verge collapsed, and the vehicle collided with a wall and an electricity supply pole, sending overhead cables crashing down and leaving several houses in the area with no electricity.

The driver, Mr Reginald Harris, was not injured in the crash.

Ads 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 30th January 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

? Weston Borough Council's finance and general purposes committee voted for British Standard Time, with its 'dark mornings and additional costs' to be scrapped.

A Government review of British Standard Time was due later in the year and views were being sought from local authorities on the system.

Town Clerk R G Lickfold said: "I am certain British Standard Time, as far as Weston is concerned, is considerably disadvantageous - for example, the extra cost of £1,700 for early morning lighting and the £1,500 for amendment of the clocks."

In addition, he claimed the dark mornings meant workers such as road sweepers had to start later in the interests of safety.

Upper Church Road Traders Association held their first gala night at the Glengarry. Picture: WES

Upper Church Road Traders Association held their first gala night at the Glengarry. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

He said: "The men dislike the later start, the shorter lunch hour and the later finish."

A study in expressions as Weston's Stuart Tucker (in the rear) goes with Glastonbury defenders in a

A study in expressions as Weston's Stuart Tucker (in the rear) goes with Glastonbury defenders in a effort to head in, following a corner kick. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Pictured at the Hospital Group Management Committee Ball at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, are Mr. D.M

Pictured at the Hospital Group Management Committee Ball at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, are Mr. D.M. Doig (Group secretary) and Mrs Doig; the Rev. T.S. Fairchild (vice-chairman); Mr. and Mrs. H.G.B. Dickenson; the Rev. W.T.E. Daven Morris and his daughter, Jennifer, Dr. D. Clare; and other committee members. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered P

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered Plumbers Association. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered P

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered Plumbers Association. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered P

Studies of children who were entertained at a party given by by the local branch of the Registered Plumbers Association. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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