Picture Past: July 10, 1964

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 July 2014

Students of Weston College display their own designs in evening wear. Left to right: Christine Pollard, Margaret Moseley, Avril Kellaway, Diana Fear, Jennifer Miles Linda Bourne and Pat Davies.

Students of Weston College display their own designs in evening wear. Left to right: Christine Pollard, Margaret Moseley, Avril Kellaway, Diana Fear, Jennifer Miles Linda Bourne and Pat Davies.

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CHANGES were afoot for the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald this week in 1964 with an overhaul of the front page.

The July 10 edition featured all the details of a royal visit and concerns about Weston losing its beach if a jetty was built. Here are some of the stories it reported on:

■ The paper did away with its traditional classified front page in exchange for pictures and an assortment of stories from the visit of Princess Alexandra to Weston. The paper had done this in the past for royal visits – but this was the first time it continued to use a similar front page to one we recognise today in every subsequent edition.

■ Princess Alexandra was described by the paper as being ‘warm’ and taking a ‘human interest’ in everyone she met when she visited the town. The paper included interviews with those she spoke to and details of presentations made during the visit, with more pictures inside.

■ Around £3million worth of development was out to contract in Weston in the next 12 months, it was reported. This included Wimpey’s starting a £1million redevelopment of the Carlton Street area, three more factories and the Borough Council launching its big housing programme, including 300 at Preanes Green in Worle.

■ Weston councillor FB Purchas told the House of Commons that a proposed jetty in the Bristol Channel could make the beach disappear as it would disturb the tides.

■ The offer from the Natural Trust to use the King John’s Hunting Lodge in Axbridge as a museum was described as a ‘wonderful thing’ by the town council.

■ And compared to other seaside resorts, Weston was said to be lagging behind in not providing a modern indoor swimming facility.

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