Picture Past: June 5, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2014
AN ‘ARMADA’ of rescue boats, cow dung and the removal of books from school libraries all made the headlines in the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald this week in 1964.
Here are a selection of the stories from the June 5 edition.
* Almost seven hours after they had been reported in difficulties in a sailing dinghy off Brean Down, two men from Bristol waded ashore through the mud at Burnham. They were blissfully unaware of the two lifeboats, a couple of helicopters and a ‘small armada’ of amateur yachtsmen and power craft vehicles which had been looking for them.
* Roofs of asbestos buildings would be treated with a slurry of cow dung, Axbridge Town Council decided. Cllr EJS Champion accused the council of reverting back to ancient times, but Mr F Cowper Hill said the dung would give the ‘stark’ white roofs a ‘nice honey colour’.
* Weston Borough Council was set to discuss a recommendation from the public libraries committee that books should be withdrawn from Bournville Primary School and Corpus Christi School, and library books would no longer be supplied to primary schools in the town. Instead, the children would be invited to join the public library. Cllr VJ Hutton argued ratepayers were paying twice for the same service, in stocking the primary schools and library with books.
* The Ministry of Health’s ‘start, stop attitude’ towards a new hospital in Weston was criticised by the borough council as ‘absurd’ and ‘making a mockery of comprehensive planning’. It looked as though Weston would have to wait until 1972 at the earliest to get a go-ahead for a new hospital.
* It had been a successful year for the Weston Girl Guides North District, where they had achieved 326 badges – 79 by the brownies and 247 by the guides. It was 102 more than the previous year.
* The first woman to become president of Weston’s Council of Churches was inducted, having been a member since 1949.