Picture Past: Geoffrey Boycott visits Weston in July 1966

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 July 2016

The Royal Marine Corps motor cycle team displaying their skill in the Dairy Festival arena.

The Royal Marine Corps motor cycle team displaying their skill in the Dairy Festival arena.

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International cricketers visited Weston-super-Mare in 1966 for a benefit match, while work had begun on a new rugby clubhouse, the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported on July 15, 1966.

Weston-super-Mare Rotary Club members handing over overalls and sweaters for the crew of Weston's lifeboat.Weston-super-Mare Rotary Club members handing over overalls and sweaters for the crew of Weston's lifeboat.

Test match batsman Geoffrey Boycott wandered into Weston to take part in a one-off rain-affected match.

It was played between the Cricketeers, made up of international and county players, and Weston.

The match was played for Somerset bowler Brian Langford’s benefit year. England batsman Brian Close was the Cricketeers’ skipper, and Sussex’s Alan Oakman opened with Boycott.

* Around 600 Worlebury residents signed a petition to protest against bus services being cut.

* Work on the Axbridge bypass reached the half-way stage. Some 60,000 cubic feet of soil had been removed.

* The 11th dairy festival took place in Weston.

* Work had begun on Weston Rugby Club’s £14,000 clubhouse, which included new changing rooms, a gym and a bar.

* Concerns arose over the condition of the school playground in East Brent. The parish council heard it was full of potholes.

* Beach barriers in Burnham were described as an ‘embarrassment’. They had prevented the emergency services from driving through to the beach when children went missing.

* Cars, which were usually parked in Weston, had all moved from the town centre. It was due to new traffic regulations, which were met with mixed feelings from motorists.

* If you did not pay your rates in 1866, you did not get to vote, the Mercury revealed.

The paper had its own Looking Back column, similar to Picture Past. It said when elections were held in Weston for six town commissioners in 1866, only those who had paid their rates were allowed to vote.


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