Picture Past: April 21, 1967 – Fears over the rise of the machines...
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 April 2017
The rise of the machines was causing concern 50 years ago this week, while seafront seating arrangements and Worle architecture were also coming under fire from certain quarters...
Society’s growing reliance on computers sparked a political warning from a resurgent Weston-super-Mare group in April 1967.
The town’s recently-revived Communist Party aired concerns while announcing plans to contest the area’s next election.
Branch secretary Neville Carey said: “We are in the brink of a technological revolution which will make the industrial revolution look like child’s play.
“Automation and computers can abolish poverty if properly controlled, but if they are uncontrolled they can cause complete chaos – especially in more advanced countries – by causing unemployment.”
* Easter Monday saw more than 100 youths fighting near to the Grand Pier, with belts, dustbins, milk crates and bottles used as weapons.
* There was uproar over plans to remove 100 free seats from Weston’s Madeira Cove, and replace them with rental deckchairs.
* Weston was chosen to host one of 12 selection heats for the UK’s 10-pin bowling team, which would compete at the world championships in Malmo, Sweden.
* Conservatives trounced the Liberal opposition in a Milton and Worle by-election, sweeping to victory with double the votes.
* More than 300 people attended a ceremony to open and bless the new Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic church in Burnham.
* New homes in Preene’s Green were mocked. One critic wrote: “Architecture? Then I’m Hitler’s grandmother.”
* The merger of Weston Hospital with one in Mendip was confirmed by parliamentary order.
* Weston Football Club had an ‘unlucky’ week, surrendering a seven-match unbeaten run with two defeats in a matter of days.
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