Picture Past: March 15, 1968 – Weston reaches saturation point for amusement arcades

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 March 2018

Local students gave a hairdressing demonstration at Worle Secondary School to enable Weston girls to gain some idea of the styles and colourings available for day and evening occasions.

Local students gave a hairdressing demonstration at Worle Secondary School to enable Weston girls to gain some idea of the styles and colourings available for day and evening occasions.

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An experiment gone wrong and a parish council being told off over its lack of signs made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from March 15.

Looking at certificates presented to successful apprentices of J.C. Peacock Ltd. are recipients Christopher Jones and (seated) Brigham Leslie, Derek Hall, David Brophy and Roger Hibbard with managing director Mr. W.L. Morris (centre) and Mr. James Dixon (right), director.Looking at certificates presented to successful apprentices of J.C. Peacock Ltd. are recipients Christopher Jones and (seated) Brigham Leslie, Derek Hall, David Brophy and Roger Hibbard with managing director Mr. W.L. Morris (centre) and Mr. James Dixon (right), director.

• An experiment was carried out at a quarry, with destructive results.

A new method of quarrying was said to reduce noise and dust.

It was tested at the quarry in Bleadon, but things did not go so well as it destroyed one of the nearby footpaths.

• Weston was probably reaching saturation point with its number of amusement arcades.

The Bishop of Clifton (the Rt. Rev. Joseph Rudderham) with Fr. M.A. Alexandre (Parish Priest) and the candidates who took part in a service of Confirmation at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton.The Bishop of Clifton (the Rt. Rev. Joseph Rudderham) with Fr. M.A. Alexandre (Parish Priest) and the candidates who took part in a service of Confirmation at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton.

Weston Borough Council had just approved a new one for Dolphin Square to be built in two shops under the bowling alley.

But the estates and plans committee was wondering whether to call it back in for further discussion.

• When Weston’s airport was built in 1938, residents thought it would be the start of an exciting new project, the Mercury reported.

But there was a suggestion the council should buy the land and use it for housing instead, since the airport near Bristol was becoming more popular.

A social was held at Banwell Church hall in honour of three of the 1st Banwell Guides who had gained their 1st class award. They were Julie Weeks (pictured receiving her badge from District Commissioner Mrs. A. Williams), Deborah Stewart and Alison Williams.A social was held at Banwell Church hall in honour of three of the 1st Banwell Guides who had gained their 1st class award. They were Julie Weeks (pictured receiving her badge from District Commissioner Mrs. A. Williams), Deborah Stewart and Alison Williams.

The position of Weston’s airport was causing the town to grow in an awkward shape. But it was still well used – only that week, a large freighter aircraft had flown from Weston to Scotland, before continuing to Canada.

• Since the introduction of breath tests to check for alcohol levels in October 1967, there had been a reduction in the number of road accidents in Somerset.

Although it was not possible to directly attribute all the figures to the breath tests, 42 fewer accidents had been reported compared to the same period the previous year.

Between 10pm and midnight, there were 140 accidents, down by 57. It was the lowest number since 1959.

Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.

• Blagdon Parish Council was asked to co-operate with the rest of the Axbridge Rural District area by clearly signposting streets and lanes in the village.

It was one of the last villages not to have street signs.

• A by-law was in place on the beach in Weston to stop vehicles travelling at more than eight miles per hour on the sand.

The borough council had hoped to offer dispensation to a Sandocross event, but it was told by the Home Office it had to scrap the law completely, rather than make an exception.

Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.

• There was overwhelming support in Shipham for a new school to be built there. The current one was said to be in poor condition.

Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.Ads 15th March 1968 Edition.

Front Page 15th March 1968 Edition.Front Page 15th March 1968 Edition.

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