Picture Past: July 28, 1967 – bomb hoax on the Grand Pier
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 July 2017
A bomb hoax on the pier and ancient coins featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from July 28, 1967.
Thousands of holidaymakers had to be cleared of the Grand Pier after an anonymous person called to say a bomb had been planted on it.
Police carried out an extensive search for an hour before giving it the all-clear.
• Weston’s unemployment figures were above the national average, with 200 more people out of work than at the same time the year before.
In total, 557 people in Weston were out of work, equating to 3.1 per cent of the population. It was two per cent in the South West and the national average was 2.1 per cent of people out of work.
At a time where some jobs were seen to be traditionally female or male, there was said to be a shortage of girls to fill vacancies.
This was put down to the predominantly male birth rate in the 1940s and 1950s.
It is a strange quirk of nature that more boys tend to be born following warfare.
Scientists have explored a number of reasons why this might be, but there is no definitive answer.
• Amateur archeologists working on a Roman villa in Banwell discovered a hoard of bronze coins. There were around 40 altogether, and most were in mint condition. They were estimated to have been 1,700 years old. One room of the villa had already been uncovered, and was thought to date from the third century.
• ‘We are not savages’ a man from Wrington reminded the parish council. He lived on Wrington Hill, which did not have street signs, and said a family member spent an hour trying to find his house.
He added: “If any enquiries are made in the village, they get the reply: ‘oh, you mean the people on the hill’. What are we, savages? This is 1967, so please let us take our place in civilisation.”
• A US serviceman who had been stationed in Weston during World War Two returned to visit the White family, who he had stayed with. BL Schelz, from Michigan, had been stationed at Tower Walk during the war and was an interpreter.
• The winner of Weston’s Modern Venus competition was revealed on a day of persistent rain. Only 2,500 people visited the open air pool to hear the results, when 4,000 usually attended.
Shorthand typist Joan Thorne was chosen as the winner.