Picture Past: October 27, 1967

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 October 2017

The operetta La Belle Helene presented at the Knightstone Theatre by Weston Operatic Society.

The operetta La Belle Helene presented at the Knightstone Theatre by Weston Operatic Society.

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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.

£285 was raised for Weston Parish Church's fabric fund at St. John's Hall.£285 was raised for Weston Parish Church's fabric fund at St. John's Hall.

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.

Weston Girls Grammar School's production of The Slave of Truth.Weston Girls Grammar School's production of The Slave of Truth.

• 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.

Mayor Cllr CD Curtis presents the senior table tennis trophy to the winner at Bournville Youth Centre's tennis championship, David Grant.Mayor Cllr CD Curtis presents the senior table tennis trophy to the winner at Bournville Youth Centre's tennis championship, David Grant.

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.

Ads 27th October 1967 Edition.Ads 27th October 1967 Edition.

• 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.

Members of Milton Methodist Youth Club who are helping to provide the entertainment at a big district youth rally in Bristol tomorrow are pictured here during a break in rehearsals.Members of Milton Methodist Youth Club who are helping to provide the entertainment at a big district youth rally in Bristol tomorrow are pictured here during a break in rehearsals.

• 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.

Pupils assembled for the speech-day and prizegiving at Weston Girls Grammar School.Pupils assembled for the speech-day and prizegiving at Weston Girls Grammar School.

Dancers from the Joline Alexander School of Dancing who are appearing in Weston Operatic Society's production of Dancers from the Joline Alexander School of Dancing who are appearing in Weston Operatic Society's production of "La Belle Helene" at Knightstone Theatre.

Front Page 27th October 1967 Edition.Front Page 27th October 1967 Edition.

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