Picture Past: Geoffrey Boycott visits Weston in July 1966
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 July 2016
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.
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.
Picture Past: July 15, 1966
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Dairy Festival, Keith Ashley has an atttentive audience as he works at his potter's wheel.
The Royal Marine Corps motor cycle team displaying their skill in the Dairy Festival arena.
Dairy Festival, Dairy Maid of West Somerset Rachel Hinton, of Hewish, Chessemaid Wendy Jelbert and Gillian Salmon who is Dairy Princess of the Mid-West.
Shipham fete raised over £210 this year in aid of the redecoration of the church. Pupils of the June Willis School of Dancing who gave a display.
Weston, Banwell and District Young Farmers Show at the Dairy Festival. First three places in the class for Ayrshire heifers were won by Mrs R. Bentall (Locking), Michael Diamond (Worle) and Richard Shattock (Blagdon).
Weston, Banwell and District Young Farmers Show at the Dairy Festival. Tina White, of Culm Farm, Kewstoke, and her first prize dairy shorthorn.
Girls competing in the sack race at Worle Junior School sports day.
Weston-super-Mare Rotary Club members handing over overalls and sweaters for the crew of Weston's lifeboat.
Rebecca Wells, Rosemary Gandon, Nicola Scully and her brother John who were competitiors in the Dairy Festival gymkhana.
* 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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