Picture Past: April 19, 1968 – ‘human locusts’ descend on shipwreck
PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 April 2018
Damage to a historic wreck and a poor final day for a hockey team made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from April 19, 1968.
• ‘Human locusts’ were said to be removing pieces of a shipwreck in Berrow.
Berrow Parish Council was to write to the Receivers of Wrecks to ask him to take action as it was considered to be of historic interest.
It was unclear who owned the wreck, and it was thought to have been sold in an auction many years before.
• Representatives from Weston Borough Council were to meet the county planning authority to discuss a difference of opinion over where a multi-storey car park should be built.
The council wanted to start building one on the arcade site by the end of 1968, but county planners wanted it to go in the Palmer Street area.
• Holiday season got off to a good start with the Easter bank holiday weekend. The Sunday broke records, and Monday broke the record from 1962.
Despite it being busy, the police did not report any traffic issues, and it was described as one of the smoothest bank holidays in years.
• Design work for sewers to serve Sandford, Churchill and Lower Langford was completed.
They would serve 360 properties and cost £87,130.
• Brean hockey team had been organising an Easter festival in Weston for the past 33 years, but never finished better than fourth place.
The team went into the final day as one of four unbeaten sides.
But they went down to the Shropshire side, which had a reputation as ‘giant killers’. Once again, Brean finished in fourth place.
• An architect who designed many of Weston’s buildings, including several churches, retired after 40 years.
Captain Harold Jones designed St Paul’s Church, which replaced the one hit in an air raid in 1941.
His work also included the council chambers in the Town Hall.
• Older ‘gangs’ of youths who did not live in Worlebury were using its primary school playing fields for football. It meant younger children were too afraid to use it.
• The chair of governors at Churchill Secondary School threatened to resign after the Government cut the money needed to create a three-unit extension.
• Berrow Parish Council members opposed overhead electric cables going alongside the village green.
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