Picture Past: July 17, 1964

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 July 2014

Weston Technical College Summer Carnival. Second prize went to the pre-nursing students, pictured here on their collecting round.

Weston Technical College Summer Carnival. Second prize went to the pre-nursing students, pictured here on their collecting round.

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CAR parking, a lack of hospital beds and a proposed quarry were all hot topics this week in 1964.

These are some of the stories reported in the July 17 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald.

n A vicar said in a letter addressed to the Mercury that Princess Alexandra’s visit the week before had been a fob to the ‘real Bournville’. The Rev K. L. H. Rex said the 20 minute visit to Alexandra House on the estate meant a chance to strengthen the sense of community in the area had been lost.

n Acute medical cases were being turned away from Weston Hospital due to a shortage of beds, a member of the medical profession told a Somerset Health Executive meeting. It had been hoped the building of a new hospital would start in the next five years, but the decision had been postponed by the Government a few months before.

n A Weston Borough Councillor 
suggested a novel way of paying for car parking. R. P. Sheppard suggested a two-shilling fee could be refunded if the parking time did not exceed two hours in a new car park for shoppers.

n And more than 1,600 people signed a petition in opposition to a quarry application on land at Cadbury Hill – 70 per cent of the electorate in Yatton and Claverham.

Have you got any photos from bygone times?

Send in a digital copy of your pictures to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk and they could be included in a future edition of Picture Past.

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