Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: July 7, 1967 – reprieve for Brean Down’s painted ‘angel’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 July 2017

Worle Secondary Modern School annual fete. Pony rides for the children on pony

Worle Secondary Modern School annual fete. Pony rides for the children on pony "Lucky" led by Julie Weeks.

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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.

This is lifeboat week at Weston and Mrs. C.E. Oliver sells flags to Clare Jane and Judith Matthews outside the High Street selling centre.This is lifeboat week at Weston and Mrs. C.E. Oliver sells flags to Clare Jane and Judith Matthews outside the High Street selling centre.

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.

About 600 spectators attended at Knightstone Baths, to watch 13 primary schools in Weston and district Inter-Primary Schools swimming gala. Three winners Kim Amesbury (Kewstoke), Ann Webber (Walliscote) and Sandra Galliers (Corpus Christi).About 600 spectators attended at Knightstone Baths, to watch 13 primary schools in Weston and district Inter-Primary Schools swimming gala. Three winners Kim Amesbury (Kewstoke), Ann Webber (Walliscote) and Sandra Galliers (Corpus Christi).

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.

Pupils of Worle Secondary School receiving instructions in road safety from Police Sgt. R.H. Penny.Pupils of Worle Secondary School receiving instructions in road safety from Police Sgt. R.H. Penny.

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.

Ads 7th July 1967 Edition.Ads 7th July 1967 Edition.

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.

A garden fete in the grounds of Hutton VC Primary School raised £40 for Hutton and Oldmixon Horticultural Society. Buttonholes from Victoria Sawyer for Susan Chedzey and Heath Palmer.A garden fete in the grounds of Hutton VC Primary School raised £40 for Hutton and Oldmixon Horticultural Society. Buttonholes from Victoria Sawyer for Susan Chedzey and Heath Palmer.

The theatre had been destroyed in a fire in 1964 but the borough council was planning to rebuild it.

Worle Secondary Modern School annual fete.Worle Secondary Modern School annual fete.

MORE: Picture past from June 30, 1967.

Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.Ads 7th April 1967 Edition.

* 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.

Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Robert White wining the egg and spoon race.Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Robert White wining the egg and spoon race.

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.

Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Pupils cheering on their team.Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Pupils cheering on their team.

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.

A garden fete in the grounds of Hutton VC Primary School raised £40 for Hutton and Oldmixon Horticultural Society. Apache,A garden fete in the grounds of Hutton VC Primary School raised £40 for Hutton and Oldmixon Horticultural Society. Apache,"the donkey, receives some encouragement from these youngsters.

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.

Front Page 7th July 1967 Edition.Front Page 7th July 1967 Edition.

Pause for ice cream fot Elizabeth Daniels, Jane Howell, Stan Moody, Don Hayes and Derek Walker at Weston-super-Mare Liberal Association Strawberry Tea.Pause for ice cream fot Elizabeth Daniels, Jane Howell, Stan Moody, Don Hayes and Derek Walker at Weston-super-Mare Liberal Association Strawberry Tea.

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