Picture Past: January 1, 1965
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 January 2015
SNOW caused chaos for thousands of homes over the Christmas period in 1965.
Picture Past: January 1, 1965
Front Page 1st January Edition.
A one-day blizzard brought chaos to the West Country in the middle of the Christmas holiday. Roads were bloked by snow and some of the villages and hamlets in the Mendip Hills were without electricity for 24 hours. However these youngsters are ready for a toboggan ride in Ashcombe Park.
A one-day blizzard brought chaos to the West Country in the middle of the Christmas holiday. Roads were bloked by snow and some of the villages and hamlets in the Mendip Hills were without electricity for 24 hours. A path in Grove Park becomes a sleigh-run for these youngsters after the snowfall.
Local sales manager Mr. W.J. Nicholson, with Mrs. Nicholson, staff and friends at the GF Rentals staff dinner, held at the Arena Club.
After almost 14 years as the headmaster of Milton Primary School, Weston-super-Mare, Mr Howard Heath has completed his last school term, and officialy retired at the end of December. Mr Heath pictured with his pupils.
The Cubs of the YMCA pack turned into a bunch of Pirates for their Christmas party.
The stork was busy at Ashcombe House Maternity Hospital on Christmas Day. Three babies were born, the first at 3.11am, being a daughter, named Beverley, for Mrs Heather Cox, of Hutton Park, Weston-s-Mare. At 2pm, Mrs Susan Clarke of Shrubbery Road, Weston, gave birth to her first child, a boy, Stephen. Four hours later, a boy was born to Mrs. Philippa Horsey, of Little Barn Rodney Stoke, his name is Jonathan.
The poor weather was one of the stories reported in the January 1 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
* A blizzard brought chaos to thousands of homes, which lost their power for 24 hours. Homes in Redhill, Wrington and Butcombe were all affected and helicopters flew over the Mendip Hills to find breaks in power lines.
* A new advertising campaign to promote Weston was being launched in national newspapers and a resort guide was also being sent to prospective holidaymakers.
* Suggestions to use the Winter Gardens’ putting green for car parking for 100 cars and removing grass verges in the Boulevard were discussed by the Weston Chamber of Trade. But Weston Borough Council’s highways and works committee rejected the proposals as removal of the verges would cost £4,500.
* A Weston labourer was awarded a bravery award by the Royal Humane Society for his part in the rescue of an 11-year-old girl in trouble in the sea in Devon. Ronald Ernest Temblett was given the award after he went to her assistance, despite not being a strong swimmer.
* A bid by Somerset MPs to kill off plans for a four-and-a-half mile iron-ore jetty to be built in the Bristol Channel failed in the House Of Commons. An anti-jetty petition had been signed by 11,000 people, but the MPs would have another chance to launch a protest later in the year.