Picture Past: December 15, 1967
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 December 2017
Wintry weather, political defections, and more than a little ‘bah humbug’ were making the news in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago this week.
• Heavy snowfall across Weston and Somerset was making front page headlines for both good and bad reasons back on December 15, 1967.
The snow – the 14th year out of the past 30 in which the town had seen snow in December – was the heaviest in memory for the early part of the month in memory, and caused problems across the region.
Disruption saw the sporting calendar decimated, a bus overturn into a field in Rodney Stoke, and a lorry lose control and crash into a house in Long Ashton.
Weston’s deputy borough engineer revealed 64 men had applied 820 tons of salt to roads at a cost of nearly £3,000, after the council fielded a high number of complaints.
He said: “It is a very difficult problem and I don’t think there is an easy answer to it. Some people seem to think we are able to wave a magic wand at it and it disappears.”
Not everyone wanted the snow gone, however. As pictures show, the weather proved the source of fun who took to Weston’s woods and parks to enjoy snowball battles and sledding.
• Three councillors were accused of ‘gross misrepresentation’ after resigning from Weston Ratepayers and Residents Association to instead represent the Conservative Party.
However, one of the trio responded by saying: “Whether we like it or not, party politics has entered local government and is here to stay.”
• Weston was lacking ‘glitter’ in the run-up to Christmas, it was claimed.
That followed a decision by the High Street Traders Christmas Lighting Association to baulk at a £200 bill to replace the town’s festive illuminations – leaving the town centre without lights for December.
• Proposals for a new discoteque in Brean were upsetting neighbours.
One said: “We want to keep Brean and Berrow what it is – unspoilt.”
• A visiting Conservative Party speaker told a meeting of the local Conservative Women’s Lunch Club he wanted the word ‘happy’ dropped from new year’s greetings for 1968.
He warned the year ahead promised to be ‘the worst yet to come’, blaming socialists in Government for ‘causing havoc’ and devaluing the pound.