Picture Past: January 1, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 January 2015

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. However these youngsters are ready for a toboggan ride in Ashcombe Park.

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SNOW caused chaos for thousands of homes over the Christmas period in 1965.

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.

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