Picture Past: February 17, 1967 – MP’s ‘gimmick’ makes Parliamentary history

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:37 21 February 2017

Hornets are buzzing. Weston-super-Mare's fast growing Hornets Rugby Club 1st XV pictured with their opponents Old Morganians.

Hornets are buzzing. Weston-super-Mare's fast growing Hornets Rugby Club 1st XV pictured with their opponents Old Morganians.

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A gimmick in Parliament made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from February 17, 1967.

Bristol Aerojet appentices dinner and presentations. Roger Coveney (seated) pictured after receiving his indentures as an inspector with Bristol Aerojet Ltd. Looking on are apprentices Michael Bindon, Peter Robinson, Richard Taylor, John Skinner and Barry Morss.Bristol Aerojet appentices dinner and presentations. Roger Coveney (seated) pictured after receiving his indentures as an inspector with Bristol Aerojet Ltd. Looking on are apprentices Michael Bindon, Peter Robinson, Richard Taylor, John Skinner and Barry Morss.

Weston-super-Mare’s MP David Webster made Parliamentary history when he took a short walk across the chamber from the opposition’s seats, and sat down in the Labour Government’s front bench.

Mr Webster had not changed party allegiance though.

Weston-super-Mare's fire personnel's loyal service is rewarded. Front, left to right: Firewoman S. Gibbs, Senr. Leading Firewoman V. Ward and Leading Firewoman J. Weeks. Back row : Sub Officer N. Hackfoort, Fireman R. Dunn and Sub Officer W.A. Doades.Weston-super-Mare's fire personnel's loyal service is rewarded. Front, left to right: Firewoman S. Gibbs, Senr. Leading Firewoman V. Ward and Leading Firewoman J. Weeks. Back row : Sub Officer N. Hackfoort, Fireman R. Dunn and Sub Officer W.A. Doades.

His stunt was to make a point about the lack of Government support for the new 10am start time in Parliament, after only three senior Labour ministers showed up.

He said: “I know I may be accused of gimmickry but I wanted to make the strongest protest I could against the Government showing.”

Members of the 4th Weston Boys' Brigade Company during their inspection by the Mayor (Cllr. R.W. Thomas) and their chaplin (the Rev. R.A. Lawrence).Members of the 4th Weston Boys' Brigade Company during their inspection by the Mayor (Cllr. R.W. Thomas) and their chaplin (the Rev. R.A. Lawrence).

* There was a hitch in the Carlton Street development project, where a petrol station, restaurant and flats were due to be built.

It was announced it may not be completed for another seven years, due to a disagreement between the landowner and developer.

Pictured at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball, at the Winter Gardens Pavili8on, are John Shaddick, Paul Dodwin, Paul Hughes, Robin Finsham, Paul Dugmore and Richard Bannister with Susan Breeds and Anne Larkin.Pictured at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball, at the Winter Gardens Pavili8on, are John Shaddick, Paul Dodwin, Paul Hughes, Robin Finsham, Paul Dugmore and Richard Bannister with Susan Breeds and Anne Larkin.

* The cost of donkey rides on Weston’s beach was predicted to go up.

Weston Borough Council set the rates for the rides, but the proprietors said the cost of maintaining the equipment and animals had risen, and they wanted the price to rise to a sixpence.

Ads 17th February 1967 Edition.Ads 17th February 1967 Edition.

* The Mercury was so popular it had to be kept ‘under the counter’ at Weston Library because otherwise the copies quickly disappeared.

* Weston had the most sunshine and the least rainfall in all of Somerset during January.

Front Page 17th February 1967 Edition.Front Page 17th February 1967 Edition.

* A Liberal councillor said the apathy towards local elections in Weston was ‘shocking’.

Cllr DJ Walker said attendances at sport event and entertainment was also poor.

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