Picture Past: May 1, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 May 2014
AN ACTOR opened a Weston store to 500-strong crowds and a road was described as a 'slum' this week in 1964.
Here are some of the stories reported in the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald on May 1:
* An actor who appeared in Oscar-nominated film The Day Of The Jackal and BAFTA-winning film Sunday Bloody Sunday opened a Weston shop to a crowd of more than 500 people. Tony Britton, who was starring in My Fair Lady at Bristol’s Hippodrome, opened Key Supermarkets in Meadow Street. One of the first customers was his aunt, who he had not seen for 20 years.
* Cecil Road was the ‘filthiest road in Weston’ according to a man who wanted to have his rating assessment reduced. Col. H L Hyett said: “The result is nearly slum conditions.”
* The introduction of short stay car parking facilities had been a success and was welcomed by a number of car owners, according to councillor R P Sheppard who told Weston Borough Council. He said consideration should be giving to the continuance of the scheme.
* It was one of the worst Aprils for six years for unemployment, with 525 people in Weston and District out of work. It was higher than the regional and national average, though not as bad as the year before, which was described as ‘exceptional’ and thought to be due to the bad weather.
* Weston’s public health department was facing one of its biggest ever tasks when it was set to inspect 1200-1400 offices, shops and railway premises as a response to new Government legislation.