Picture Past: January 3, 1969 – Body found in Weston pond
- Credit: Archant
The body of a man, whose van plunged into a pond after falling down a 25ft embankment, was found. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.
Residents were expected to pay if they wanted to see their dreams of a swimming pool come to fruition.
The story featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago where the urban district council’s works committee argued if people wanted the public amenity in Burnham then they should be prepared to help fund it.
– A man died when his van toppled 25ft down a steep embankment and into a pond at Hutton Moor.
There were three other people in the van at the time – two women and a man – but they managed to escape.
A passerby, Malcolm Cox, saw the van go off the road and dived into the pond to help.
He went back for 23-year-old Jon Langdon but he could not open the van.
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Police were called and the van was removed from the lake but his body was missing. A searcher found his body later that day.
– The cost of seeking expert advice to resist the controversial scheme to remove a large quantity of earth from the base of Brent Knoll was being investigated by the parish council.
Council chairman, Philip Frost, told more than 100 people who packed into the meeting that sample borings were to be taken from the land and analysed for its suitability to use to build the M5.
– A new seafront approach road was planned for Burnham.
Travelling between the town and its neighbour, Highbridge, could become easier if the district council successfully negotiated plans for a major road to link the seafront with the outskirts of the Burnham.
The 24ft-wide clearway which was proposed would run from the Halfway House, in Burnham Road, to either Pier Street and High Street junction or the Esplanade junction.
– There was relief among hoteliers and traders in Weston 50 years ago after changes to the Saturday train fares from London Paddington to the West Country would not affect Weston.
Ticket charges were planned to be in place from 7.30am to 2.30pm between Paddington to Taunton and beyond.
– That was not the only train story in the paper, Weston’s 1969 publicity campaign opened with the resort’s attractions being featured at an exhibition at Paddington Station.