Picture Past: August 2, 1968 – campaign for public phone continues after 10 years
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 August 2018
A 10-year campaign for a public phone and a yachtsman’s impressive feats made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from August 1968.
• A Weston racing driver who was considered one of the best in the world at Formula 2 died in a crash while racing.
Chris Lambert was competing in the Zandvoort Grand Prix in Holland when he collided with the barriers and another car.
• The overheads for running the Knightstone Theatre were so great, private businesses would never take it on, Weston councillors felt.
It cost about £7,000 a year to run before a penny was spent on shows or staff.
The council thought only theatre businesses of significant standing could make a success of it – but they would not be interested in the theatre.
• Residents in Brean had unsuccessfully campaigned for a telephone kiosk at Brean Down for 10 years.
They wanted one near the bus terminus, for use in emergencies, but the Post Office said it would not be economical because it would hardly be used in the winter.
The nearest call box was two miles away and useless when there was an urgent need to call emergency services.
• The demolition of the electricity board building in Locking Road in Weston was due to take place.
It had cost £110,000 to build it in 1960 but it had to be vacated because of structural defects.
• The Weston County Cricket Festival saw the likes of Fred Titmus and Greg Chappell playing in the town. Somerset lost its games to Kent and Middlesex.
• A problem facing many school-leavers was what career to pursue after their exams.
Factories were opening their doors to give youngsters the chance at doing some work experience in engineering.
• Weston yachtsman Larry Marks won six out of seven major trophies at the national championships at Felixstowe.
The feat had never been accomplished in such a championships before.
His achievements were even more impressive as he won in strong winds, even though he was thought to be better in light winds.
• An 11-year-old boy survived a 150ft fall over a cliff at Brean Down because three grass verges broke his fall towards the beach.
• Winscombe Parish Council was battling to get the land in front of the Woodborough Hotel registered as a village green so it was available for public use.