Picture Past: June 10, 1966

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 June 2016

YMCA award winners are (seated) Elizabeth Blackmore and Richard Marshall and Susan Baker, Lynette Baker, Hugh Gibbs, Glynis Hutchings, Derek Jones, Wendy Harper and Judith Taylor.

YMCA award winners are (seated) Elizabeth Blackmore and Richard Marshall and Susan Baker, Lynette Baker, Hugh Gibbs, Glynis Hutchings, Derek Jones, Wendy Harper and Judith Taylor.

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A Roman settlement was discovered in North Somerset and a leaning tower was given some money for repairs in 1966.

Winning trio in the junior boys 100 yards free-style event at Weston-super-Mare and Axbridge area youth swimming gala, (left to right) Alan Fealey, Walliscote, (first), John Hobbs, Worle (third) and Richard Hibberd, Grammar, (second).Winning trio in the junior boys 100 yards free-style event at Weston-super-Mare and Axbridge area youth swimming gala, (left to right) Alan Fealey, Walliscote, (first), John Hobbs, Worle (third) and Richard Hibberd, Grammar, (second).

The stories were included in the June 10 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The leaning tower of Puxton was given a ‘reprieve’ after money was raised for repairs. But the work was not going to fix the slant, which had existed for centuries, but instead would repair some stonework.

■ A buried hamlet, estimated to be 2,000 years old, was discovered at a farm in Butcombe. It was thought building work started in 50 AD, and then it was altered and added to until being abandoned in the third century.

■ Another row was brewing over the proposed east to west road on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront, which would take a portion out of the Winter Gardens. One borough councillor said ‘the county has declared a dispute’ after the County Council’s works committee said the road would have to follow the original plan, regardless of what happened to the Winter Gardens.

■ The sun had shone on Weston the previous week – 96.8 hours of it in fact. This was, according to The Telegraph, the sunniest part of the country.

■ A proposal for an iron ore jetty in the Bristol Channel was scrapped, but only after it had cost the Weston Corporation and other opponents £10,000 to fight the scheme.

■ A Cleeve smallholder drove his 21 pigs to safety after a fire broke out.

■ A new headteacher at the Gardenhurst School in Burnham spoke of the treble role women had to play in life. She said the role of women in the workplace had changed in the past 10 years, and now they had to be wives, mothers and career women.

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