Picture Past: January 27, 1967 – Unemployment in Weston almost double the UK average
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 January 2017
Archaeological digs and proposals for a go-kart circuit made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967. Here is the news from January.
Unemployment in the Weston-super-Mare and Axbridge area had reached almost double the national average.
It stood at 5.1 per cent compared to the national figure of 2.6 per cent.
It was also in excess of the South West figure of 3.1 per cent.
More than 900 people were unemployed in the Weston area, and it had risen more among men than it had among women.
Picture Past: January 27, 1967
Front Page 27th January 1967 Edition.
Ads 27th January 1967 Edition.
Three Winterstoke Secondary School pupils, Sandra Davis, Pamela Bull and Teressa Penny certainly do not need to read up on the rules of netball, for they have all qualified as Somerset County Netball umpires.
G. Tripp and T. Boscence (joint winners of the Guide Dog Rally), Kay Lovell (Trials winner), and T,ward and P. Betteridge (rallies) pictured with their awards at, Weston-super-Mare Motor Club annual dinner and dance at the Grand Atlantic Hotel.
Bob Drew hands round cakes for the children who were entertained at Weston Swimming Club's party, held at St. John House, Oxford Street.
At Holy Trinity parish party an entertainment based on several pantomimes was given by the local British Legion women's choir, here pictured in their costumes.
Pause for refreshment during Weston Sea Cadets' annual party, held at their headquarters.
The new Abbey National Building Society office in High Street, Weston-super-Mare.
Company at the Brittanic Assurance Co's staff dinner at the Greylands Hotel.
* A go-kart circuit was proposed for Weston Rugby Club’s car park. If planning permission was approved, it would only be open in the summer.
* Archaeologists were proposing to carry out a dig at the Iron Age Worlebury hill fort in Weston Woods.
The aim was to try to discover why people built a fort at Worlebury.
It tied into Weston Archaeological Society 75th anniversary celebrations.
* Yatton Parish Council opposed the extension of Bristol Airport’s runway.
Airport bosses wanted the extension so it could accommodate jet engines.
* Shipham Parish Council heard plans were in hand for a much-needed extra classroom for the primary school.
* Axbridge Rural District Council considered proposing the Mendips to be named an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Councillors suggested writing to the National Parks Commission to prevent the area from becoming marred by unsuitable developments.
* Work was underway to improve the footpaths through Weston Woods.
The paths were covered in rubble and tyre trucks from when work was carried out.