Picture Past: May 24, 1968 – Civil war armour stolen from church
PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 May 2018
The theft of civil war armour and the actions of a 16-year-old rescuer made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from May 24, 1968.
• Historic armour used in the days of civil war was stolen from a village in North Somerset.
The armour was given to villagers in Churchill during the civil war.
Two breast plates, a helmet and neck piece had been taken from the wall of St John’s Church.
The pieces were estimated to be worth about £80 and the theft was reported to the police.
In the days of civil war, in the 1600s, villagers preparing to fight had to collect their armour and weaponry from the church.
• A 16-year-old schoolboy saved a yachtsman whose boat had capsized.
David Paull, from Burnham, saw the yachtsman struggling when he was rowing back from a fishing trip on Steart Island.
The yachtsman had capsized twice, and seemed unable to right it again through exhaustion.
Young David helped him on-board his dinghy to return to the shore.
• Weston’s new mayor spoke of things which would benefit the town but which had to be postponed or sacrificed in the name of the economy.
Cllr Peter Frederic Hess said Weston Borough Council had been able to maintain the tax rates at a reasonable level but would have to lower the standard of some of its services.
• Bus fares were expected to go up by a penny and a threepence in the summer.
• A political ‘skirmish’ had emerged in the borough council, as Labour members alleged the Conservatives were not giving minority parties places on committees.
• Old graves and skeletons were dug up at a Roman temple in Yatton.
Excavations were taking place on top of Henley Quarry.
• Around 150 parents crowded into the school in Congresbury, expecting to be told the details for a new primary school in the village.
They instead were told the school had been axed from the programme due to a lack of money.
• Magistrates in Weston were worried about a series of incidents of violence and intimidation occurring on night buses.
• Wedmore Parish Council was going to decide which parts of the village should be protected under a civic amenities act.
The act aimed to preserve important buildings or areas of historic interest.
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