Picture Past: July 3, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 July 2014
WESTON was gearing up for a royal visit while the issue of a play park on the Beach Lawns was being debated this week in 1964.
These were just some of the stories reported in the July 3 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald:
* The plans for Princess Alexandra’s visit to Weston were announced this week. People were being asked to wave their flags, while a toy ‘Dinky donkey’ would be presented to her for her son.
* Chalets along the seafront during the summer of 1965 was looking like a possibility after the Borough Engineer was asked to prepare estimates for the cost.
* Weston Borough Council was caught in a ‘fresh row’ over the suggested use of the Beach Lawns as a play area for children. The Parks, Parades and Sands Committee voted for a £5,000 children’s playground to be a number one priority for the next five years.
* The same committee was also reportedly unwilling to lop off half an acre of the putting green at the Winter Gardens to enable the town’s east-west traffic to reach the seafront.
* Hundreds of people gathered on the Beach Lawns to greet actress Janette Scott when her helicopter landed in the town. She was paying a flying visit to Weston before attending a world premiere of her film The Beauty Jungle in Bristol.
* A £20,000 veteran and vintage car museum was opened in Cheddar by the chairman of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain. Members would be able to keep their vehicles there and drive them away for meet-ups, meaning there would also be a turnover of cars for people to view.