Picture Past: April 28, 1967 - Parking woes and NHS costs rise

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 02 May 2017

Scouters, Scouts and Cubs of the Weston-super-Mare Scout District paraded throught the town on Sunday fror their annual St George's Day sevice, held at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

Scouters, Scouts and Cubs of the Weston-super-Mare Scout District paraded throught the town on Sunday fror their annual St George's Day sevice, held at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

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The NHS and car parking dominated the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago this week. Here is the news from the paper's April 28 edition in 1967...

Girls Brigade of the Weston-super Mare district, Brigade display and colour ceremony. Six-year-old Explorer Anne Luckwood shows one of her paintings to Brigade members who are wearing the new uniform.Girls Brigade of the Weston-super Mare district, Brigade display and colour ceremony. Six-year-old Explorer Anne Luckwood shows one of her paintings to Brigade members who are wearing the new uniform.

* The cost of running the NHS in Somerset had risen by 10 shillings per person compared to the year before, it was reported.

The biggest increase in costs came in pharmaceutical services.

They've seen a ghost. Eve Monod, Pandy Smith, Joan Venning and Flo Hunt in The Witching Hour, presented by Ellenborough TG's drama group.They've seen a ghost. Eve Monod, Pandy Smith, Joan Venning and Flo Hunt in The Witching Hour, presented by Ellenborough TG's drama group.

* There was not much hope that Weston would get its first multi-storey car park any time soon.

A development company had revealed plans to build one on the Regent House car park, but hit problems when the borough council refused the plans.

Returning to Weston-super-Mare after an ambitious and well-planned trip to London are 36 children from Milton Junior School.Returning to Weston-super-Mare after an ambitious and well-planned trip to London are 36 children from Milton Junior School.

But, the Mercury said, car parking was becoming an increasing problem for the town, with a number of complaints recorded about the inadequate number of spaces available in Weston’s car parks.

* Parking bans and double-yellow lines were also proving a contentious issue in nearby villages.

Ads 28th April 1967 Edition.Ads 28th April 1967 Edition.

Yatton residents were against a Somerset County Council and police proposal to install yellow ‘no parking’ signs.

And the parish council in Winscombe shared similar reservations about double-yellow lines being painted onto a small section of the main road.

Maureen Milford , Susan Alcock, Joan Watkims, Nonie Bishop, Shirley Skyrma and Dot Wedlake in Ellenborough TG's drama group's production of Atalanta.Maureen Milford , Susan Alcock, Joan Watkims, Nonie Bishop, Shirley Skyrma and Dot Wedlake in Ellenborough TG's drama group's production of Atalanta.

* High tides in Burnham, which caused damage to the sea wall, were said to have been the highest in nearly 30 years.

The large waves and rough sea caused a hole measuring 20 square feet in part of the wall.

Winner of the Dairy Maid contest at the Royal Hotel was Carol Triggol, second was Marion Fisher and third Daphne Venner.Winner of the Dairy Maid contest at the Royal Hotel was Carol Triggol, second was Marion Fisher and third Daphne Venner.

* The chairman of Weston magistrates issued a warning to doctors of the possibility of drug addicts being able to get drugs by taking prescription forms left for patients on surgery notice boards.

* The railway excursion platforms in Weston had almost been completely demolished.

Girls Brigade of the Weston-super Mare district, Brigade display and colour ceremony. Girls' Brigade members who performed Brittany dances are Stella Edwards, Janet Harper and Ruth Griffiths.Girls Brigade of the Weston-super Mare district, Brigade display and colour ceremony. Girls' Brigade members who performed Brittany dances are Stella Edwards, Janet Harper and Ruth Griffiths.

The borough council was planning to use the area as a car park, with an area especially for commuters.

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