Picture Past: March 25, 1966

PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 March 2016

Seven youths from the YMCA with their instructor, Tony Carver (2nd from right), pictured at Knightstone Baths during a pre-training canoe course. They are to take part in a Venture Scheme over the Easter holidays.

Seven youths from the YMCA with their instructor, Tony Carver (2nd from right), pictured at Knightstone Baths during a pre-training canoe course. They are to take part in a Venture Scheme over the Easter holidays.

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Gangs were contributing to Weston's high juvenile crime rate in 1966, which was outstripping rates elsewhere in Somerset because of a spate of thefts.

During his inspection of Weston Sea Cadets, Cmdr. G. R. Woolston talks to Geoffrey Robertson, Richard Combstock, John Payne and John Packer in the wireless room.During his inspection of Weston Sea Cadets, Cmdr. G. R. Woolston talks to Geoffrey Robertson, Richard Combstock, John Payne and John Packer in the wireless room.

The story was featured in the March 25 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The juvenile crime rate in Weston had fallen to its lowest level in five years – but it was still the highest in Somerset. Most of the crimes were committed by gangs, who were stealing from vehicles, shops and stalls.

■ Roadworks costing £3million were planned for Weston and the surrounding area. This included altering a Weston to Bristol road to by-pass Long Ashton, costing £1.5million, and the Axbridge by-pass.

■ Weston Borough Council’s public relations officer Edward Turner said a children’s lido was essential to keep Weston as one of the country’s leading seaside resorts. He wanted to build a lido at the open air pool to create a ‘beach stadium’.

■ The lack of a proper sewage system in Kewstoke meant people were living in conditions reminiscent of England in 1666, it was said at a parish council meeting. Arthur Smith said he knew of people who had fallen ill because of the inadequate cesspits.

■ And it was not a great week for Kewstoke, as Sand Bay beach was described as being ‘possibly the dirtiest in England’ at the same meeting.

■ Part of Worle’s High Street was not renamed Fore Street after all, following criticism the previous week.

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