Picture Past: May 19, 1967
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 May 2017
Britain's proposed entry to Europe's Common Market was one of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald's headlines in 1967. Here is the news from Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago.
Eastern House in Landemann Circus was bought by the South West Regional Hospital Board for £40,000.
It was proposed the former school would be turned into a 60-bed home for clinically-ill elderly people.
The board also bought the building’s spacious gardens, the old school gymnasium and gardener’s lodge.
The Mercury said the new home would ‘get to grips with one of the greatest problems in a seaside place like Weston, which has an unusually large proportion of elderly people’.
Around £20-30,000 would be spent on converting the building.
• Two brothers from Weston were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea after their yacht caught fire and sank.
• Weston’s MP David Webster said he wished the Government success in entering the Single Market.
He said: “I want us to enter Europe. I hope the Government have spent some time not only preparing the ground by visits to the capitals but also preparing a staff of negotiators with detailed experience and knowledge of the Common Market.”
A referendum on whether the UK should enter the Common Market was eventually held in 1975.
• A heavy blanket of mist descended over Weston over the bank holiday, making it a wet and miserable few days for locals and visitors.
• RAF Locking won the RAFSA inter-station rally championships for the third time in four years.
• The Mercury had its own Picture Past column, called Looking Back, in 1967.
The column said how hundred years previously, in 1867, people were preparing for the opening of the town’s new pier – Birnbeck.
The 1867 paper said the ‘completion of this undertaking is the fruit of two generations of Westonians’.
• Long Ashton Rural District Council had received complaints about ice cream vans. People had heard the chimes outside the allowed hours of noon and 7pm.
• Weston Borough Council had an unusual problem in that four of its aldermen were retiring. Councillors would have to decide the new line-up for the aldermanic bench of the council.
• Congresbury enjoyed another successful gymkhana, which had around 200 entrants. Two riders suffered falls and were injured on the day, but not seriously.