Picture Past: December 1, 1967 –
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 December 2017
A reorganisation of Weston-super-Mare’s entertainment was on the cards 50 years ago, so the town could follow ‘modern trends’. Here are the stories from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in December 1967.
• Weston Borough Council was responsible for the town’s entertainment at a number of venues, run by the Weston Corporation.
Mr Flavell, the corporation’s general manager, suggested mechanical games and a children’s theatre would be at the Rozel Theatre, and an open plan licenced restaurant would open at the Knightstone Theatre.
Knightstone would change from providing a variety of theatre to cabaret-style entertainment while meals and drinks were served to the tables.
It was said small light orchestra and military bands had practically disappeared as entertainment, and the Winter Gardens was heading for a major crisis.
Dances, which had formed the majority of the venue’s income since the war, were out of fashion.
• A ‘plastic’ operating theatre was going to be used at Weston General Hospital while air conditioning was installed in its operating suites.
The portable plastic tent was often used by the army and it would be the first time it was used in the South West.
• Farmers said there was enough disinfectant available in Somerset to safeguard against an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
Somerset had so far avoided any cases, but the Somerset NFU chairman, who lived in Langford, said the agricultural minister should not have suggested the epidemic was contained.
This was because the disease can incubate for 14 days, and the chairman said there could be Somerset cases which simply had not come to light yet.
• A fire in the Conservative headquarters in the Boulevard was believed to have been caused by thieves trying to cover their tracks.
• A cottage, which more than 100 years old, was demolished.
It was based at the Weston end of the Toll Road, and had suffered from damp and dry rot, and its tiles were falling off.
• Brent Knoll scored 77 points in the best kept village competition, but the judges said it was not as good as last time. Wedmore was ahead with 88 points.
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