Picture Past: January 8, 1964

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 January 2015

Knightstone pantomime, Cinderella.

Knightstone pantomime, Cinderella.


BEACH huts are likely to be added to Weston seafront in 2015 - but 50 years ago, at the dawn of 1965, a similar plan for chalets were being considered.

Other key news from five decades ago included the view that the town needed another 50 police officers to bring it to full strength.

These were some of the stories reported in the January 8 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

* The strength of policing in Weston had remained the same since 1956 but crime figures had increased from 981 in 1955 to 2,139 in 1963, the paper reported. Chief Constable KWL 
Steele said Somerset Constabulary needed another 50 men to bring it up to full strength, but across the county another 300-400 officers were needed.

* Around 250 beach chalets were proposed for the seafront. Around 20 chalets at a cost of £3,800 were being considered for a pilot scheme. They would be placed on the stretch of beach between the Royal Hospital and Uphill, where huts were placed before the war.

* The cost of building Weston Technical College had gone up due to difficulties over the restricted site. Preliminary sketches for the college had been prepared but it was feared an additional £50,000 might be required on top of the £540,800 already set aside.

* In 1965, the Mercury ran a section called Have You Heard, where it told anonymous stories about people in the town. In one, a Weston man who had been in two ‘road mishaps’ in 1964 made a new year’s resolution to drive more carefully. On New Year’s Day he got his car out of his garage – but omitted to open the garage door wide enough and backed through a section of it.

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