Picture Past: July 31, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 August 2014
It was one of many stories contained in the July 31 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald, which also reported:
Picture Past July 31, 1964
A new pony mascot to replace the famous Sgt. Aircraft Apprentice Hamish McCrackers, who had to be put to sleep last May, made his debut on parade. ''Aircraft Apprentice Heathers McCrackers'' is pictured with Pony Major R. Lowe and Apprentices S.W. Glover, C.V. Falcon, and C Joslin of the the pipe and drum band of the Aircraft Apprentices' Wing at R.A.F. station, Locking.
In a day of outstanding individual performances no fewer than 12 records were smashed at the fifth annual athletics meeting at Uphill Secondary School. Competitors studying the programme.
Yatton and District Horticultural Society's summer show. Mr Fred Wookey with the cup for the higheest number of points and the 'Yatton Cup'.
Yatton and District Horticultural Society's summer show. Miss Manda Parsons, one of the many interested spectators.
Yatton and District Horticultural Society's summer show.Betty Done and her mother studying a vase of roses.
At Ashcombe County Primary School open day, visitors included Sister Marie-Christine and seven children from a party visiting this country from France. They are pictured admiring a model of HMS Victory with the headmistress, Miss M. Chant and pupils.
The Hoop-la stall proved a great attraction at Axbridge fete.
The younger element showed interest in the blowing-up of balloons at Burrington Church fete.
Three Weston-s-Mare Senior Scouts, Martin Haynes, and Michael Martin, of the 1st (YMCA) troop, and Raymond James of the 19th (Milton & Worle) troop, will be among 120 Senior Scouts participating in an adventure hike covering several European countries.
Jocelyn Donovan, Susan Goss and their friend, take a close look at a floral arrangement at Winscombe flower show.
Winscombe flower show. Mr Fred Tucker, gardener at the Moose Heart Home, which was awarded the trophy for the most outstanding exhibit, is seen here with his daughter, Sybil, who assists him.
In a cheerful mood at Corpus Christi School sports.
Jumping with a will in the 40 yard sack race at Corpus Christi School sports.
Bigger and better is to be the policy of Congresbury Horticultural Society. Entries for this 26th annual summer show were well up on last year, most gratifying was the appearance of many newcomers. Shelia Cockram pauses to admire some prizewinning blooms at Congresbury.
Front Page 31st July Edition.
Ads 31st July Edition.
Ads 31st July Edition.
* The Welsh Shipping Agency Bill, in which it was proposed to build a huge iron ore jetty in the Bristol Channel, was set to go to the next stage in Parliament. But Weston Borough Council wanted more research to be carried out because it thought the jetty, which would stretch across four-fifths of the channel, would do ‘untold harm to the coastline’.
* A human chain of holidaymakers helped bring five people safely ashore when a cabin cruiser capsized on rocks off Anchor Head. The boat had drifted onto the rocks when its engines failed.
* Putting a children’s playground on the Beach Lawns was described as ‘thin edge of the wedge’ which could destroy one of town’s greatest assets by Ald. GW Couch at the monthly meeting of Weston Borough Council. He did not think the council should destroy one amenity to build another.
* And just as the Mercury is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, the 1964 edition was doing the same for the 50th. It wrote: “August Bank Holiday, 1914. At Weston-super-Mare it was a wonderful day at the peak of a wonderful summer… the happy holidaymakers, who were swept screaming and laughing down the water chute at Birnbeck Pier, who raced around on the helter skelter… little realised to what momentous tragic years the passing hours were carrying them… that wonderful bank holiday on the eve of the First World War… and then the fateful Tuesday night when, with the stroke of eleven, England was at war.”