Picture Past: March 31, 1967 – oil spill fears and snow in March
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 April 2017
An oil spill and snow in March made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from its March 31 edition in 1967.
* Oil being washed up on North Somerset’s coastlines was a real possibility after a tanker crashed off the Isles of Scilly. The ship could carry 120,000 tons of oil, and some of it had already reached Cornwall. Twelve firemen from Weston-super-Mare had travelled to Cornwall to help fight the oil pollution.
* Snow, sleet, rain and cold winds were all experienced during the Easter weekend in Weston. Despite the cold, it was the biggest influx of traffic on an Easter Monday in the town since 1962.
More than 17,000 cars arrived in Weston, along with 75 coaches.
The beach was almost deserted, but the shopping streets were packed. Seven youths were arrested for their part in ‘scuffles’.
* Weston Borough Council members said the authority had a choice between spending money maintaining the standards of cleanliness of the public toilets or facing bad publicity.
* A stamp collection worth £700 and an antique French clock worth £750 were stolen from a Weston home.
* Donkeys were missing from Weston’s beach for the first time in many years because of a dispute over the operation of one of the patches of beach at Uphill.
* Sea water flooded into houses and gardens in Uphill after a spring tide was driven forward by the strong wind.
* Kewstoke had been waiting for a new sewage system for about 10 years, but the wait was not getting any shorter.
Compulsory purchase orders still needed to be taken out on the land so it could be used for the scheme.
* It was warned the closure of Kingston Seymour’s school would be the ‘death knell’ for the village. The school had 14 children, who would go to Yatton instead.
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