Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: July 7, 1967 – reprieve for Brean Down’s painted ‘angel’
PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 July 2017
A school closing due to illness and stolen vegetables made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from July 7, 1967.
An outbreak of infective hepatitis meant a primary school was closing for the summer holidays a fortnight earlier than it should have been.
Blagdon County Primary School closed on the recommendation of the deputy medical officer in Somerset.
It meant children would start their holidays two weeks ahead of schedule, though not all parents were pleased about it.
* In March, a strange painted figure had emerged on the Brean Down cliffs, facing Weston. It had its arms outstretched and no-one knew what it was doing there.
Axbridge Rural District Council discussed the figure – dubbed the Angel – and decided that rather than remove it, it would let the paint eventually wash away.
* Allotment holders in Weston complained of vandals and ‘pilferers’ making off with their vegetables.
Potatoes grown for a competition, onions, cabbages and blackberries had all been taken.
* A project to rebuild the Playhouse Theatre received £8,000 from the Arts Council of Great Britain.
The theatre had been destroyed in a fire in 1964 but the borough council was planning to rebuild it.
* Around 200 new car parking spaces were being made available in Locking Road.
Parking had become a real problem in Weston, and most of the spaces had been cleared for commuters.
In Weston 50 years on, the Locking Road car park will soon close and be replaced by housing.
* A team of consultants would be brought in to help Weston Borough Council become more efficient.
But it appeared the consultants were not very efficient themselves, as it would take 12 months for them to investigate and produce a report.
* The National Trust agreed to accept the King John Hunting Lodge in Axbridge from the Treasury. It had started to make arrangements for its use.
The future of the lodge had been in doubt for years as the building was decaying and a lot of money was needed for its upkeep.
* The Whistling Duck pub in Banwell opened its doors for the first time, with TWW’s Sally Alford cutting the ribbon.
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