Picture Past: May 15, 1964
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 May 2014
A VISIT by the Rolling Stones and the lack of work on a new town centre shopping scheme were reported by the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald this week in 1964.
Here are some of the stories which appeared in the May 15 edition:
* The Rolling Stones were set to appear in Weston’s Odeon on August 25 it was announced. The paper described them as ‘five young men who have records in the top 10 and are also well known for their abundance of hair’.
* ‘Town centre scheme has not fallen through’ – that was the headline following rumours a shopping and residential development in the Oxford Street and Carlton Street area would not go ahead. Work was due to start in April, but the site was still bare. Weston Borough Council’s clerk said the ‘the ball is in the developers’ court’ but said the scheme had not fallen through for financial or other reasons.
* Traders in the Oxford Street and James Street area sent a petition to Weston Borough Council complaining their trade had been affected by the closure of a major part of the Oxford Street car park. Businesses said they were also seriously affected by the Carlton Street clearance scheme.
* A proposal for a district hospital for Weston was deleted from the Government’s Ministry of Health Plan. As a result, protests were being made by the hospital management committee who said there was an ‘urgent need’ for a new hospital. The committee said they were shocked to hear the decision.
* A new charge of five shillings for a haircut at the barbers was scrapped the day it was due to come into force. The public threatened to boycott the salons or do it at home themselves if the price did not come down. Salon owners called an emergency meeting and dropped the price by a shilling.
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