Picture Past: May 22, 1964

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2014

Congresbury Gymknana raises £1000 for local charity funds. Sitting it out are Clare Manning, Jean and Esme Gray, Judith Bagley and Catherine Pardoe.

Congresbury Gymknana raises £1000 for local charity funds. Sitting it out are Clare Manning, Jean and Esme Gray, Judith Bagley and Catherine Pardoe.

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WESTON was so hot over the bank holiday weekend that one of the roads melted this week in 1964.

It was one of the stories reported by the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald in the May 22 edition. Here are some of the reports:

■ A lack of mods and rockers in Weston over the Whitsun weekend was ‘the happy story’ of the bank holiday according to the paper. There were estimates of 210,000 flocking into the town to enjoy the beach, beating 1960’s record by some 30,000 people. It was reported to have been so hot, the stretch of road between the Grand Pier and the pool melted.

■ Women who attended a recent Mother’s Day service at St Andrew’s Church in Burnham were rebuked by the dean for their conduct before the service. Rev Hugh Parnell said he needed to ask the organist to try and drown the sound out.

■ An engineer was due to report on flooding problems in Kewstoke after the parish council registered concerns about the plans for 1,200 new houses in the area.

■ Weston’s public library was giving people the chance to return their long overdue books free of charge, with no fines or questions asked.

■ Have you got any photos from bygone times? Send in a digital copy of your pictures to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk and they could be included in a future edition of Picture Past.

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