Picture Past: August 28, 1964

PUBLISHED: 11:07 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:07 29 August 2014

East Brent Harvest Home. The ladies parade the puddings.

East Brent Harvest Home. The ladies parade the puddings.


THE worst fire in Weston since the war and a visit by The Rolling Stones made the headlines this week in 1964.

Here are some of the stories and pictures included in the August 28 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somerset Herald:

■ The biggest news was a fire at The Playhouse, which completely destroyed the building. The quick actions of a police officer helped the people living above the flats get to safety and no one was hurt. The theatre was insured for £100,000.

■ A performance by The Rolling Stones stopped traffic for several minutes when teenage fans caught sight of the band. They were performing at the Odeon Theatre for a one-night show. They appeared briefly on the roof, and youngsters surged past the police cordon for a closer look, holding up traffic. Mick Jagger told the Mercury he was enjoying himself in the South West and thought it was a very attractive part of the country.

■ The 2,300 people living in Wedmore donated £1,114 to buy a new ambulance and to pay for its running costs in just two weeks of fundraising. St John Ambulance volunteers ran the Wedmore Ambulance Trust at the time.

■ An ice cream van was swept 200 yards out to sea by high tides at Berrow Beach. A student had stopped the van to sell ice creams, but it got stuck. He and a friend managed to take out the goods, but the van could not be moved despite the assistance of visitors. The van ended up as a write-off.

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