Picture Past: January 10, 1969 – Weston’s MP dies after family holiday

Westlands children's party at the Winter Gardens Pavilion. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Westlands children's party at the Winter Gardens Pavilion. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Weston’s MP David Webster died suddenly after being taken ill following an Austrian ski holiday with his family.

The annual children's party for juvenille member of the Oddfellows from the Loyal Mendip Lodge (Lang

The annual children's party for juvenille member of the Oddfellows from the Loyal Mendip Lodge (Langford), held at Burrington Village Hall. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Weston paid tribute to its MP after his sudden death following a family holiday. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

The 45-year-old, who was a stockbroker and former assistant to the director of the British Oxygen Company, became Weston MP in July 1958.

Mr Webster died at Westminster Hospital, in London. He was taken ill after returning from his winter getaway.

During his trip, Mr Webster took a fall while skiing but whether it contributed to his death, it was not known.

Toasting the New Year at Weston Arts Ball are Vicki Parsons, Heather Collings, Wendy Sullivan, Pat R

Toasting the New Year at Weston Arts Ball are Vicki Parsons, Heather Collings, Wendy Sullivan, Pat Richards and Jenny Rees. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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He left behind his wife Irene and three children – David, Fiona and Andrew – who he lived with in Auldcroft in Wedmore.

He had received a masters degree at Cambridge University and served in World War Two as an RAF pilot and was a parachute jumping instructor in India where he trained Gurkas.

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– An 18-month-old beagle showed there is no place like home after he walked from Congresbury to Weston.

The dog, Sandy, was living with 16-year-old Chris Lloyd and his family in Weston before Chris’ parents decided to re-home the pup when he became restless.

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Sandy was not so keen on the idea of leaving his family as he escaped his new residence and was spotted walking in the road by a dog walker.

Chris’ family, missing the companionship of a dog, visited the RSPCA to see if there were any puppies when the teenager came face-to-face with Sandy.

The pup moved back in to his first home.

– Pleas for a pedestrian crossing in a North Somerset town were answered.

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Congresbury Parish Council won its long-fought battle to make safe, for pedestrians, the busy Bristol to Weston road which runs through the village.

For some years, the parish council has been worried for the safety of residents who have to cross the road to reach the village’s post office.

– Yatton Parish Council appealed against the decision to withdraw a key train service to Weston.

British Rail announced its plan to cut the 8.26am train service from Yatton to Weston to make way for a through train between Bristol and Plymouth.

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The news came as a shock to parents and students in Yatton and Clevedon who faced the daunting fact of a 7am start to get to school on time.

Weston RFC wingman Doug Hazzard makes a bid to get through Hornets' defence. Picture: WESTON MER

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Ads 10th January 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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Front Page 10th January 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 10th January 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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