Picture Past: June 28, 1968

PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 June 2018

Cleeve Community Group members overcame appalling weather conditions at their gala fete to make a £50 profit. Fancy dress competitors with (centre) Jonathan Kerse Kearsey, who won second prize as

Cleeve Community Group members overcame appalling weather conditions at their gala fete to make a £50 profit. Fancy dress competitors with (centre) Jonathan Kerse Kearsey, who won second prize as "Man in a Suitcase."

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Bedraggled tourists were not very happy when they arrived at a new car park for coaches 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in June 1968.

Raincoats, rubber boots and umbrellas were the order of the day at Congresbury annual Rose Show and Playing Fields Fete. Wet but still smiling, these youngsters lend a hand to Stephen Rowney on a go-kart.Raincoats, rubber boots and umbrellas were the order of the day at Congresbury annual Rose Show and Playing Fields Fete. Wet but still smiling, these youngsters lend a hand to Stephen Rowney on a go-kart.

• A new Weston car park for coaches came in for a lot of criticism from visitors.

Hundreds of coach passengers arrived in torrential rain at the Locking Road car park after a half-mile walk from the seafront.

They reportedly made for a ‘bedraggled sight’ as they complained about the lack of shelter and toilets.

The need for adequate toilets had already been stressed, but as the scheme would cost £10,000, it was not expected for the summer season.

Ads 28th June 1968 Edition.Ads 28th June 1968 Edition.

• Weston borough councillors recommended it provide £1,500 towards the National Trust’s £30,000 appeal to buy Woodspring Priory.

• If parking on the main road through Winscombe was banned, the centre of the village would become a race track as there would be nothing to slow vehicles down, traders told the parish council.

They also said the parking ban, by using double-yellow lines, would hurt trade.

• Banwell Parish Council vowed to press on with its fight for a bypass.

The Rev. Mark D. Ellis and members of St. Andrew's Church, Bournville, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the church's dedication.The Rev. Mark D. Ellis and members of St. Andrew's Church, Bournville, celebrate the 10th anniversary of the church's dedication.

It received a letter from the Ministry of Transport to say the relief road was not a high priority, but the council decided to keep pressing the issue, regardless.

• The number of applications for Weston’s tourism guidebook had already reached 40,826.

This was compared to 45,414 for the whole year in 1967 and 40,099 in 1966.

• A charge was being considered for the car park at Dolphin Square, which was free to use except at weekends.

To celbrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Weston and District primary schools' football team, boys who had played for the team on at least three occasions were awarded commemorative cups.To celbrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Weston and District primary schools' football team, boys who had played for the team on at least three occasions were awarded commemorative cups.

• A former Weston grammar school pupil was selected to play a Test match for Ghana.

Richard Shaw moved to live in Weston with his parents when he was a child, and played for Uphill Castle Cricket Club and once for the Somerset 2nd XI.

He played a three-day Test against Nigeria, taking 2-39 in the first innings and 5-65 in the second. Nigeria won the match, however.

• Conditions at Weston Railway Station had slumped to a ‘pathetically slow standard’, it was stated at a borough council meeting.

Uphill Primary School Parents and Friends Association annual fete. The Mayor and Mayoress Cllr. and Mrs. Hess, with young contestants in the fancy dress parade.Uphill Primary School Parents and Friends Association annual fete. The Mayor and Mayoress Cllr. and Mrs. Hess, with young contestants in the fancy dress parade.

British Rail came under fire for its decision to close one of the platform entrances, particularly when elderly people found the bridge hard to use and there was no date set on when a new one would be built.

Hutton Pet Show organised by the RSPCA. Cheryl Cox won third prize with her poodle, Kerry.Hutton Pet Show organised by the RSPCA. Cheryl Cox won third prize with her poodle, Kerry.

Hutton Pet Show organised by the RSPCA. With their pets are Deborah Stone, John Beck, Susan Williams, Ann Beck and Brian Ellsbury.Hutton Pet Show organised by the RSPCA. With their pets are Deborah Stone, John Beck, Susan Williams, Ann Beck and Brian Ellsbury.

Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Children enjoying the spectacle.Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Children enjoying the spectacle.

Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Maxie Turner winning the girls' 70 yards race.Windwhistle Primary School sports day. Maxie Turner winning the girls' 70 yards race.

Windwhistle Primary School sports day. The boys' sack race.Windwhistle Primary School sports day. The boys' sack race.

Attractive at Congresbury's rose show were Phyllis and Catherine Langdon, pictured with their mother's prize-winning exhibit.Attractive at Congresbury's rose show were Phyllis and Catherine Langdon, pictured with their mother's prize-winning exhibit.

High jinks despite the rain by fancy dress competitors at Banwell Church Fete.High jinks despite the rain by fancy dress competitors at Banwell Church Fete.

Front Page 28th June 1968 Edition.Front Page 28th June 1968 Edition.

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