Picture Past: January 22, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 January 2015

Cup winners with their awards after the annual prize presentation and annual meeting of 290 Squadron(Weston-s-Mare) Air Training Corps at their Langford Road drill hall.

Cup winners with their awards after the annual prize presentation and annual meeting of 290 Squadron(Weston-s-Mare) Air Training Corps at their Langford Road drill hall.

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STORMS caused a car to overturn and brought black-outs to a number of homes in 1965.

It was one of the stories covered by the January 22 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

Also in the news that week:

* Lightning caused a 35-tonne hay rick to set alight during a storm in which a car overturned and a garage was blown into fields. Frederick Jefferies, who owned Wharf Farm in Lympsham, said: “Suddenly there was a huge ball of fire and the centre of the rick turned into a furnace.” There were also a number of black-outs.

* A move to cut expenditure to the absolute minimum and keep down the threatened rate rise was made by 
Weston Borough Council’s finance committee. The current method of cutting costs was described as ‘amateurish and ridiculous’. Some councillors said they were becoming accustomed to 
an annual sixpence rise in the rates paid.

* The wreckage of an aircraft was found buried in mud on Burnham’s beach. It was discovered by police Sergeant Harold Pring, and naval officers found what appeared to be part of a fuselage and corrosion marks, which suggested it had been there for a considerable amount of time. A live cannon bullet from a spent shell was also discovered. The officers said the aircraft would have crashed near to the spot it was found in, and the type of shell was used by the British during World War Two. It was thought the wind and high tides had exposed it.

* Restoration of Uphill’s old church would run into several thousand pounds, it was announced. It was said that if the work did not go ahead, it would have to be pulled down. The walls of the unroofed nave were of particular concern.

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