Picture Past: Seaside scuffles and a lucky escape.

Wednesday, April 1st, but there is no catch in this picture. Weston was enveloped in a brief snowsto

Wednesday, April 1st, but there is no catch in this picture. Weston was enveloped in a brief snowstorm. It was quickly followed by sunny skies. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Several fights broke out on Weston seafront on Easter Monday as gangs of youths roamed the area.

Ads 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

However, large scale battles which occurred in other seaside towns were avoided by the prompt action of police.

As well as officers on foot, patrols took place by car and motorbike, with officers pouncing as soon as scuffles started, and putting troublemakers into police vans and cars.

The gangs were small but a number of fights broke out during the afternoon and 15 youths were taken to a police station, and 11 were charged with public order offences.

One fight began near Alexandra Parade, and another involving 30 youths started near the Grand Pier, which spilled onto the promenade and sands.

Ads 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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A Weston business owner won an appeal to build an amusement arcade in Regent Street.

The Minister of Housing and Local Government agreed with the planning inspectors recommendations, that the character of the area around the proposed site of the arcade reflected seasonal trading patterns, with the area catering almost entirely for the needs of summer visitors to the town.

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The inspector agreed that the council’s efforts to confine arcades to this area seemed reasonable, but the site lay in the centre of the amusement arcade area, and the council had already given approval for an arcade in the adjoining shop and the existing arcade beyond.

He concluded a further amusement arcade in Regent Street would not offend anyone living nearby, and because of its immediate surroundings, would not adversely affect the appearance of the street.

Front Page 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 03rd April 1970 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A family on holiday in Sand Bay had a lucky escape after their caravan burst into flames.

The caravan at the Sun Valley caravan park in Crooks Lane was a mass of flames in a few seconds.

Other holidaymakers helped to rescue the family from the flaming caravan and tried to put out the blaze.

The family of four from Cwmbran, in Wales, was treated at Weston General Hospital for minor burns and shock.

The District Scout Commissioner, Mr. F.H. Haynes pictured with cub scouts and leaders of the 2nd Uph

The District Scout Commissioner, Mr. F.H. Haynes pictured with cub scouts and leaders of the 2nd Uphill (St Barnabas) pack. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A holidaymaker staying in an adjoining caravan said he looked out of his window and saw the caravan glowing red.

He said: “It was red hot inside and no one would have survived in it,

“It was blazing from end to end in a matter of seconds.”

Members of the British Legion women's section choir gave items of their past shows at the end-of-sea

Members of the British Legion women's section choir gave items of their past shows at the end-of-season party at St. John's Hall. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. In the grasp

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. In the grasp of the police chief (John Collings), the poet pleads for his life to the Wazir (Ray Edbrooke) and Lalume (Barbara Grey). Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. Marsinah (Zen

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. Marsinah (Zena Canniford meets the Caliph (John Tripp) with (centre) Omar (Don MacGregor) and (right) the poet (Brian Canniford). Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. The three Pri

Destiny smiles on the Operatic Society with their entertaining production of 'Kismet'. The three Princesses of Ababu dance on the streets of Baghdad. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

The Torpids hockey team who were runners up to this year's Easter Hockey Festival winners, Clodhoppe

The Torpids hockey team who were runners up to this year's Easter Hockey Festival winners, Clodhoppers. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Action from the Hornets Easter Rugby Festival at their Hutton Moor Ground. Picture: WESTON MER

Action from the Hornets Easter Rugby Festival at their Hutton Moor Ground. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A total of 21 teams took part in the Hornets Easter Rugby Festival at their Hutton Moor Ground. Horn

A total of 21 teams took part in the Hornets Easter Rugby Festival at their Hutton Moor Ground. Hornets first and second Festival teams. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Stuart Hutchinson and Gus with children who took part in the Dolphin Square Covered Market Easter Bo

Stuart Hutchinson and Gus with children who took part in the Dolphin Square Covered Market Easter Bonnet parade. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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