Picture Past: August 7, 1964

PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 August 2014

A fancy dress procession opened Draycott annual church fete. Second prize went to Michael and Diana Fry and Andrew and Ian Sealey.

A fancy dress procession opened Draycott annual church fete. Second prize went to Michael and Diana Fry and Andrew and Ian Sealey.

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A COUNCIL bought a lease for a stretch of mud this week in 1964 - though they weren't entirely sure they were getting value for money.

This is one of many stories and pictures featured in the August 7 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald, which also reported:

* How Weston basked in the bank holiday sun with around 106,000 visitors reported. It was said to be the best August crowd in 11 years. The steamer ships also had their best day for years, bringing a large number of visitors from Cardiff.

* ‘Are we getting full value from taking over the mud?’ was the unusual question asked by an Axbridge councillor. Members had voted to pay £25 to lease the foreshore at Kewstoke, the strip of beach between the low water mark and mean high water mark – an area usually covered by the tide.

* Two centuries-old gas holders were discovered in Carlton Street during building work. The gas works had been built in 1841 but not completely demolished.

* An 18-month-old baby was rescued from a boat and returned to the shore with his father without ever waking up. The father was waiting for the child’s mother to join them but the boat began to drift away from the shore at Sand Bay, requiring Weston’s lifeboat crews to search for them.

* And Chief Superintendent Harold Kenneth James, head of Weston police division, was due to retire.

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