Picture Past: March 31, 1967 – oil spill fears and snow in March

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 April 2017

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre. Jeanne Hillman as Adelaide with the cabaret girls.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre. Jeanne Hillman as Adelaide with the cabaret girls.

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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.

Congresbury YPF's cast, Jenny Stevenson, Charlie Ross, Philip Seward, Colin Knott and Kathleen Clark, in the play, Cupid Rampant at the Somerset Youth Drama Festival held at Churchill Secondary School.Congresbury YPF's cast, Jenny Stevenson, Charlie Ross, Philip Seward, Colin Knott and Kathleen Clark, in the play, Cupid Rampant at the Somerset Youth Drama Festival held at Churchill Secondary School.

* 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.

Spring tide flood at Uphill, Mr. James Sampson viewing his flooded garden at Berkley Crescent.Spring tide flood at Uphill, Mr. James Sampson viewing his flooded garden at Berkley Crescent.

* 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.

Spring tide flood at Uphill, Mrs. L. Smith mopping up at Slimeridge Farm.Spring tide flood at Uphill, Mrs. L. Smith mopping up at Slimeridge Farm.

More than 17,000 cars arrived in Weston, along with 75 coaches.

Ads 31st March 1967 Edition.Ads 31st March 1967 Edition.

The beach was almost deserted, but the shopping streets were packed. Seven youths were arrested for their part in ‘scuffles’.

A Torpids player clears an attack in the game against France at this year's Easter Hockey Festival.A Torpids player clears an attack in the game against France at this year's Easter Hockey Festival.

* 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.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre.Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre.

* A stamp collection worth £700 and an antique French clock worth £750 were stolen from a Weston home.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre. The Mission band and chorus.Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre. The Mission band and chorus.

* 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.

Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre.Weston-super-Mare Operatic Society production of Guys and Dolls at the Knightstone Theatre.

* Sea water flooded into houses and gardens in Uphill after a spring tide was driven forward by the strong wind.

Ads 31st March 1967 Edition.Ads 31st March 1967 Edition.

* Kewstoke had been waiting for a new sewage system for about 10 years, but the wait was not getting any shorter.

Front Page 31st March 1967 Edition.Front Page 31st March 1967 Edition.

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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