Picture Past: April 21, 1967 – Fears over the rise of the machines...

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 April 2017

Soccer can now be played with the flick of a finger, and Weston is not lagging behind in this new method. Pictured playing the game

Soccer can now be played with the flick of a finger, and Weston is not lagging behind in this new method. Pictured playing the game "Subuteo" are Tery Williams taking a shot while Graham Board defends his goal, watched by David Dowie (centre).

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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...

The solicitor who has represented Weston-super-Mare and District Licensed Victualers' Association for 21 years, Mr Alfred Reginald Ledbury (seated centre), was presented by the Association with an inscribed silver cigarette box to mark his retirement from the legal profession.The solicitor who has represented Weston-super-Mare and District Licensed Victualers' Association for 21 years, Mr Alfred Reginald Ledbury (seated centre), was presented by the Association with an inscribed silver cigarette box to mark his retirement from the legal profession.

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.

Seventy four young people set out from Weston-super-Mare Town Hall for a 20 mile walk organised by the Weston VSO Committee. The walk was to help raise money to sponsor a volunteer to work overseas in a developing country.Seventy four young people set out from Weston-super-Mare Town Hall for a 20 mile walk organised by the Weston VSO Committee. The walk was to help raise money to sponsor a volunteer to work overseas in a developing country.

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.”

The County Commissioner, Lt.-Col. C.T. Mitford Slade, pictured with awards winners at Weston-super-Mare St. John Ambulance brigade's annual dinner, held at the Royal Hotel.The County Commissioner, Lt.-Col. C.T. Mitford Slade, pictured with awards winners at Weston-super-Mare St. John Ambulance brigade's annual dinner, held at the Royal Hotel.

* 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.

Ads 21st April 1967 Edition.Ads 21st April 1967 Edition.

* 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.

Company at Winscombe Rugby Club's first ever dinner at which the president Mr. A.A. Scull, was in the chair.Company at Winscombe Rugby Club's first ever dinner at which the president Mr. A.A. Scull, was in the chair.

* 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.”

Thirteen-year-old Stephen Collett, of Polden Road, Weston, entered his first golf tournament on Sunday, and won the Somerset Boys open championship at Weston Golf Club. Runner up was Steven's friend Peter Emery (15) of Brendon Avenue, Weston.Thirteen-year-old Stephen Collett, of Polden Road, Weston, entered his first golf tournament on Sunday, and won the Somerset Boys open championship at Weston Golf Club. Runner up was Steven's friend Peter Emery (15) of Brendon Avenue, Weston.

* 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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