Picture Past: June 23, 1967
PUBLISHED: 07:55 25 June 2017
Weston Town Hall was set to become a laughing stock 50 years ago this week – while familiar topics of parking, development and vandalism were also making the headlines...
“We want to make this the laughter centre of Weston,” declared Charles Vince in connection to the Town Hall back in June 1967.
Mr Vince was not aiming a swipe at councillors though; rather, he was talking up a new summer of comedy set to take place in the town’s centrepiece building.
The actor-manager of the Comedy Playhouse was speaking while outlining a busy summer schedule which would see the Town Hall host three touring plays, one of which would include a young John Inman, future star of TV comedy Are You Being Served?
* European affairs – and the role of Britain in continental affairs – was under consideration.
Even though Britain’s participation in the Common Market was still six years away, Weston Technical College was laying the foundation by holding open teaching sessions for people to go along and learn more about the implications of the move.
A ‘large and enthusiastic’ audience attended to learn more.
* Deckchairs, litter bins and seafront seating were once again proving regular victims of vandalism, the council heard.
However, Weston was told it had little to grumble about, as the town was ‘luckier than many seaside resorts’ in this regard.
* Councillors rejected two controversial proposals – the first, to replace permanent seats with deckchairs at the Rozel, and the second, to replace Grove Park’s tennis courts with an extenstion to the nearby car park.
In a precursor to a similar proposal which was eventually vetoed two years ago, plans had been drawn up to rip-up the courts and replace them with more parking spaces.
The plan did not go down too well, however, with one councillor describing the idea as ‘ill-conceived and unfair to rate-payers’, and another branding the notion as ‘the one of the worst proposals placed before the council for some time’.
* New telephone exchange equipment was being installed in the Boulevard, which would see Weston move from a manual to an automatic exchange for the first time.
* Congresbury’s road bridge was set to be replaced, after being judged ‘too narrow’ and a danger to pedestrians, particularly ‘women with pushchairs’.
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