Picture Past: October 27, 1967
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 October 2017
A care home applying for a liquor licence and Weston-super-Mare's population growth were featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. These are the stories from the October 27, 1967 edition.
A nursing home applied for permission to have a alcohol licence so it could sell liquor to its patients.
The matron at Crosby Hall Nursing Home said: “I prefer to know what my patients are drinking and when they are drinking.”
She said it would be better for her to sell liquor in the dining room or living room than patients have a bottle in their rooms.
She was granted a licence.
• An exceptionally high tide in the Bristol Channel caused severe damage to the natural sea defences at Sand Bay. It was suggested the sea defences should be extended by 2,000ft.
• The census result showed a steady increase in the population of Somerset.
The Weston population stood at 47,740, an increase of more than 4,000 since the last census.
Axbridge rural district’s population had increased by a similar amount to 35,000.
More than a quarter of the population of Weston was 60 years of age or older.
There were also more homeowners, with 52 per cent of people owning a house.
Out of 178,740 households, nearly 76,170 were without a car.
• Weston Borough Council would have to allow for 100 houses a year to be built in the town to keep up with housing needs and additional demand by workers who would moved to the town to work in the factories.
• Winscombe Parish Council was looking for ‘something unbreakable’ for a streetlight fitting after a spate of vandalism.
Around 14 streetlights between the Square and Sidcot Corner had been broken.
• A summary of the season’s archeological finds excavated in Wint Hill, Banwell, included 139 coins and bronze objects.
• The majority of organisations in Winscombe were not in favour of a community centre being built in the village.
• A bypass for Yatton was suggested at a parish council meeting. Concerns were aired about the effect traffic would have on the village when motorway construction began.
• The Mercury’s Looking Back column, similar to Picture Past, told how four men, a youth and a woman had received awards for their work during the blitz in Weston.
The paper said they had toiled courageously with little regard for their safety as they pulled people from burning buildings.