Picture Past: April 26, 1968 – Queen visits North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 April 2018
The Queen visited North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare became the first Somerset town to introduce parking wardens 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
• The Queen’s visit to Langford overran by just over an hour because of her love of horses.
She was visiting Langford House to open a meat research institute, along with Bristol University’s School of Veterinary Services.
The Queen wore a turquoise coat and purple hat, and asked numerous questions as she toured the laboratories, kitchens and stables.
She passed through Churchill, which was decorated with flags and bunting. While her car was going through Blagdon, a cat called Cheetah jumped in front of the vehicle. It gave people in the village a better look at the Queen while the driver waited for the animal to move.
• A move to get a weekday reprieve for car park season ticket holders, who were about to be banned from using the Carlton Street car park, was refused.
Starting on June 1, the car park could only be used for short-term stays for a 3s fee.
• Motorists had other problems too as those who exceeded permitted parking times or parked on double yellow lines would have the choice of either going to court, as was the case in the past, or paying a £2 fixed penalty.
The new procedure would involve a traffic warden attaching a note to cars to handing it to the driver. Weston would be the first town in Somerset where the system would operate, but a police spokesman said others would follow suit soon.
• A rumour Weston Railway Station was to be closed in 1970-71 was categorically dismissed by British Rail.
However, plans to remove all staff from Highbridge’s train station was continuing.
British Rail’s assistant development manager said it would be ‘impossible to hold out for a rosy future for it’.
By railway standards, the station was only lightly used, and it was no longer economical to staff it or have it visited by express trains.
• Power cables carrying 33,000 volts were brought down by St Barnabas’ Church, on Weston’s Oldmixon estate, during a freak thunderstorm.
• Weston Cricket Club opened its new sun lounge.
It was at the front of the pavilion and would provide shelter for spectators on windy days.
• Weston Borough Council was due to consider its entertainment policy.
MORE: Last week’s Picture Past.