Picture Past: June 7, 1968 – Regent Street to become ‘tough’ area because of amusement arcades

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 June 2018

The Marine Lake was a crowded attraction at the weekend.

The Marine Lake was a crowded attraction at the weekend.

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The rise in amusement arcades in Weston-super-Mare would lead to more violence, it was said 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in its June 7 edition in 1968.

The Bank Holiday Scene near the Grand Pier.The Bank Holiday Scene near the Grand Pier.

• Weston’s Regent Street was expected to become a ‘tough’ area because of the number of amusement arcades.

Weston Borough Council was discussing the issue as a planning application for the seventh arcade in a 50-yard stretch was put forward.

Councillor Prosser said the big spenders were swapping from gambling to the slot machine amusement arcades, and said it would become a ‘tough’ road.

The Bank Holiday beach scene.The Bank Holiday beach scene.

He said: “It is the only street where I have seen a police baton charge and in past years there has been one stabbing and one shooting there.”

Councillors voted in favour of the application.

• A cable beacon which had been a familiar landmark in Weston Bay was blown up.

Front Page 7th June 1968 Edition.Front Page 7th June 1968 Edition.

The 30ft steel beacon, which stood out about a mile away from the seafront, was once a navigational aid to cable-repair ships which needed to locate the transatlantic cable link.

The first cable was installed in 1885, with later ones added in 1901, 1910 and 1926. During World War Two, when secret Government messages went through the cables, the Commercial Cable Company’s office in Regent Street was surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by troops. Access to Regent Street was barred expect to those with passes.

A cage on top of the beacon had been lost in storms, and the cable company, based in New York, chose to demolish it.

Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Linda Pike, from Chelvey, won the junior jumping on Autumn Rust.Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Linda Pike, from Chelvey, won the junior jumping on Autumn Rust.

• Children wanting donkey rides were being charged a shilling rather than the ninepence set by the council in Burnham, it was alleged.

• Assurances were given by the South Western Gas Board it was taking positive actions to ensure there would be no repeat of gas leaks in Congresbury.

• The Bristol and West Building Society completed its new office building at the corner of Meadow Street and Alexandra Parade, now known as Big Lamp Corner.

Ads 7th June 1968 Edition.Ads 7th June 1968 Edition.

A clock was incorporated in the facade, and the Mercury described it was an ‘imposing premises’. The semi-circular front was designed to fit with a new road layout.

• More than 185,000 people flocked to Weston during the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.

• The tipping of rubbish into rhynes in residential areas was causing concern to the West Mendip Drainage Board.

Ads 7th June 1968 Edition.Ads 7th June 1968 Edition.

Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Vanda Squire, from East Brent, with Lady Jane Grey.Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Vanda Squire, from East Brent, with Lady Jane Grey.

Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Barry Gwilt competing in the open jumping.Over 500 competed at Congresbury Gymkhana this year. Barry Gwilt competing in the open jumping.

A holiday crowd of over 4000 lined the course at the annual Roman Trophies motor cycle scramble, at Roman Road, Bleadon.A holiday crowd of over 4000 lined the course at the annual Roman Trophies motor cycle scramble, at Roman Road, Bleadon.

A holiday crowd of over 4000 lined the course at the annual Roman Trophies motor cycle scramble, at Roman Road, Bleadon.A holiday crowd of over 4000 lined the course at the annual Roman Trophies motor cycle scramble, at Roman Road, Bleadon.

Start of the 800 race at Weston Boys Grammar School sports day.Start of the 800 race at Weston Boys Grammar School sports day.

North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show, Stephen Urch from Weston taking one of the jumps during the gymkhana.North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show, Stephen Urch from Weston taking one of the jumps during the gymkhana.

North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show, A view of the show ring at Ashton Court.North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show, A view of the show ring at Ashton Court.

North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show. Mr. R.J. Quick, of Appleton Farm, Wick St Lawrence, with his champion Dairy Shorthorn.North Somerset's 112th Agricultural Show. Mr. R.J. Quick, of Appleton Farm, Wick St Lawrence, with his champion Dairy Shorthorn.

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