Picture Past: August 9, 1968 – financial crisis affecting town’s traders
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 August 2018
The financial ‘squeeze’ and the impact flooding was still having in Somerset made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from August 1968.
• The UK’s financial crisis was having an impact on Weston’s traders.
Although indications were Weston was attracting as many summer visitors as usual, their spending money was not flowing as freely as in previous years.
The financial ‘squeeze’ was blamed by the town’s business owners, who were feeling the pinch.
In many cases, people were taking their own food to the beach rather than buying it in town, and they were not renting out deckchairs.
• An application for a German bierkeller in Birnbeck Road was turned down, with licencing justices deciding there were enough drinking establishments already.
The applicants said they wanted to provide an accordionist, German drinking songs and women dressed up in traditional costume to serve the drinks.
• The future of St Peter’s School, a boarding school for boys once attended by Roald Dahl, was secured following the retirement of Mr and Mrs Tolson.
A charitable trust would be responsible for running it.
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• Norman Stockham, playing cricket for Claverham, took all 10 wickets in a game against Old Quinitians.
• Although the phone lines were restored with urgency following widespread flooding in Somerset, some 960 lines were still out of order and the damage was likely to take a long time to repair permanently.
The number of cable faults was said to have been worse than anything experienced in the area during World War Two.
• Flooding fears continued in Kewstoke.
The drainage board agreed to lower the maximum level in the rhyne, but the parish council thought there was still a strong chance of flooding during heavy rain.
• Police were going to be asked to keep a watchful eye on traffic through Congresbury.
Since the narrow railway bridge had been removed and replaced with a wide road, speeds of 50mph were being recorded.
• Three men were injured by an explosion in a disused air raid shelter in Wraxall, where petrol was being used to burn up a pile of rubbish.
• The Post Office would put up a temporary mail-sorting office in Weston’s Locking Road car park to help it cope with the volume of mail during Christmas.
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