Picture Past: July 28, 1967 - bomb hoax on the Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 July 2017

Led by goalkeeper Bob Williams and first team captain Keith Watkins, Weston-super-Mare AFC players set off for a limbering-up run at the start of training.

Led by goalkeeper Bob Williams and first team captain Keith Watkins, Weston-super-Mare AFC players set off for a limbering-up run at the start of training.

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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.

A crowd of several hundred spectators at Ellenborough Park South, Weston-super-Mare saw one of Weston's fastest donkeys A crowd of several hundred spectators at Ellenborough Park South, Weston-super-Mare saw one of Weston's fastest donkeys "Orchard Heaven" ridden to an easy victory at odds of 4-1 on by young Benny Weaver in the Donkey Derby organised by the Weston-super-Mare branch of the British Legion.

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.

North District Guides and Brownies annual swimming gala, held at Knightstone Baths, Weston-super-Mare.North District Guides and Brownies annual swimming gala, held at Knightstone Baths, Weston-super-Mare.

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.

King Arthur (Jacqueline Weston) at the head of his kinghts watched by Queen Guinevere (Pauline Brenner) and her lady-in-waiting (Denise Champken). They are pupils of Wyncroft School in a break from rehearsals for their concert.King Arthur (Jacqueline Weston) at the head of his kinghts watched by Queen Guinevere (Pauline Brenner) and her lady-in-waiting (Denise Champken). They are pupils of Wyncroft School in a break from rehearsals for their concert.

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.

Ads 28th July 1967 Edition.Ads 28th July 1967 Edition.

MORE: Picture Past from July 21, 1967.

• 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.

Weston Juniors - the new Western Counties water polo champions. From Left: Paul Hawkins, Alan Pople, Bob Spencer, Ron Jones, Godfrey Nicholson, Bernard Chappell, Keith Corlett, Alan Fealey, Alan Corlett and Terry Sims.Weston Juniors - the new Western Counties water polo champions. From Left: Paul Hawkins, Alan Pople, Bob Spencer, Ron Jones, Godfrey Nicholson, Bernard Chappell, Keith Corlett, Alan Fealey, Alan Corlett and Terry Sims.

• ‘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.

At St Peter's church fete, Milton, Darren Barlett won first prize in the Fancy Dress contest as a Scarecrow. Runners-up were Felicty Robinson and Malcolm Brown.At St Peter's church fete, Milton, Darren Barlett won first prize in the Fancy Dress contest as a Scarecrow. Runners-up were Felicty Robinson and Malcolm Brown.

• 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.

Mrs. V. Burgess skittling at St. Peter's church fete, Milton.Mrs. V. Burgess skittling at St. Peter's church fete, Milton.

Mr. Charlie Sparey, chairman of Congresbury CC, presents the Watkins Shield to Arthur Parsons, captain of the winning Cleeve team, after the seven-a-side cricket finals at Congresbury. Looking on are the team - Roy Amess, Richard Gill, Clive Day, Geoff Taylor, Bill Taylor, Fred Boxall, Tony Carpenter and Micky Walker.Mr. Charlie Sparey, chairman of Congresbury CC, presents the Watkins Shield to Arthur Parsons, captain of the winning Cleeve team, after the seven-a-side cricket finals at Congresbury. Looking on are the team - Roy Amess, Richard Gill, Clive Day, Geoff Taylor, Bill Taylor, Fred Boxall, Tony Carpenter and Micky Walker.

Ads 28th July 1967 Edition.Ads 28th July 1967 Edition.

Front Page 28th July 1967 Edition.Front Page 28th July 1967 Edition.

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