Picture Past: September 22, 1967 - ancient elephant bones in cave

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 September 2017

Competitors in the national fire services tournament at Sand Bay take shelter during one of the many heavy rainstorms.

Competitors in the national fire services tournament at Sand Bay take shelter during one of the many heavy rainstorms.

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Ancient animal bones discovered in a cave were included in an article in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from September 1967.

The finale of the Axbridge pageant.The finale of the Axbridge pageant.

• The Mercury’s history column said it was improbable the lost cave of Hutton would ever be rediscovered.

The cave was first found in 1760 after extensive mining was carried out for lead, calamine and ochre.

There were a great number of bones inside, with some coming from a huge extinct species of elephant, a tiger, hyena and large kind of bird.

Young farmworkers in the Axbridge pageant.Young farmworkers in the Axbridge pageant.

Dr Catcott, one of the country’s earliest geological experts, could not explain why there was such a huge variety of animal bones, because people did not fully understand how climates and land masses had changed.

The explorers had to retreat when the roof started to cave in, and it was not until 70 years later when the cave was explored again.

However, the walls were collapsing and some of the bones were hastily removed before they were destroyed.

King John and his court take their leave in Axbridge.King John and his court take their leave in Axbridge.

• Weston was left ‘out in the cold’ when it was excluded a planning document for the South West’s economy.

The South West Economic Planning Council published the document, but had almost completely disregarded Somerset and Weston.

• Fears Steart Island, off Burnham, was disappearing into the Bristol Channel appeared to be well founded.

Three Weston boys, John Dorrington, Kevin Gibbs and David Parcell, qualified for the Blackpool swimming championships.Three Weston boys, John Dorrington, Kevin Gibbs and David Parcell, qualified for the Blackpool swimming championships.

A survey confirmed 450ft of the island had been lowered by 3ft in the past three years.

But it was warned any work done to reverse the trend could be pointless, because the estuary was so unstable the situation could change of its own accord.

The town’s councillors were relieved to discover the changing conditions would not result in higher waves in Burnham.

The Autumn Fashion Festival.The Autumn Fashion Festival.

• An extension to the three-form entry comprehensive school in Worle was given the go ahead.

The work would cost £163,000.

• August 1967 had been the driest August in 26 years.

Queen Henrietta Maris and her compions arrive in the Square - another scene from Axbridge pageant.Queen Henrietta Maris and her compions arrive in the Square - another scene from Axbridge pageant.

• A royal coat of arms requested by the Queen was completed by Weston craftsman EW Denner. The plaque would be installed at Shepton Montague Church near Bruton, which had been gutted by fire.

• Police panda cars would be introduced in Weston following a successful trial in Taunton.

• The history of Axbridge was told through re-enactments watched by some 1,500 people.

Members of Weston A1 AFS unit, under Leading Fireman Wills (extreme right), who took part in the national fire services tournament at Sand Bay.Members of Weston A1 AFS unit, under Leading Fireman Wills (extreme right), who took part in the national fire services tournament at Sand Bay.

The event featured Romans, and the Battle of Sedgemoor.

Mrs M. Ridd presenting tHE CUP To Mr G Tripp.Mrs M. Ridd presenting tHE CUP To Mr G Tripp.

Several pasengers suffered minor injuries when an Aer Lingus Viscount ran off the end of the runway at Lulsgate Airport yesterday morning.Several pasengers suffered minor injuries when an Aer Lingus Viscount ran off the end of the runway at Lulsgate Airport yesterday morning.

Ads 22nd September 1967 Edition.Ads 22nd September 1967 Edition.

Front Page 22nd September 1967 Edition.Front Page 22nd September 1967 Edition.

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