Picture Past: May 26, 1967 - Birnbeck Pier turning 100

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2017

Children of Uphill County Primary School who gave an entertainment during the school's

Children of Uphill County Primary School who gave an entertainment during the school's "open day", held at the village's Victory Hall.

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Celebrations for the old pier's 100th anniversary were underway, and a lightening strike shattered a tree 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967.

Not a photo from the archives but a modern Miss in Winscombe Conservatives' Victorian exhibition.Not a photo from the archives but a modern Miss in Winscombe Conservatives' Victorian exhibition.

* Plans were being made to mark the centenary of the opening of Birnbeck Pier. The celebrations would include a cruise, where people would wear period dress.

The pier itself was going to be ‘extensively redecorated’, and there would also be a fair.

Hutton, Locking and Oldmixon British Legion fete. Setting out the homemade cakes are Mrs. A. Millward, Mrs S. Clark and Mrs. E. Fowler.Hutton, Locking and Oldmixon British Legion fete. Setting out the homemade cakes are Mrs. A. Millward, Mrs S. Clark and Mrs. E. Fowler.

The RNLI would do lifeboat demonstrations on the day, while there would also be live theatre.

The paper’s historical feature section reported on the opening of the pier in 1867, and how it had been marked by Weston’s 10,000-strong population.

Bournville's St Andrew's Church May Fair.Bournville's St Andrew's Church May Fair.

The children all received buns and a threepence bit while the town was decorated with flowers and flags.

* A 50ft tree was shattered, a stationary car moved 12ft from its parked position, and a shower of tiles thrown from a garage roof after lightening struck a tree in Cheddar.

Ads 26th April 1967 Edition.Ads 26th April 1967 Edition.

Douglas Gough, who lived in the house next to the tree, said the strike made his house rock. The house’s wiring was blown.

* Cheddar Parish Council was going to ask for a by-law to ban rock climbing in the gorge.

Bournville's St Andrew's Church May Fair, Jane McIntyre and Deborah Tucker meet hankerchief girl Brenda Underhay.Bournville's St Andrew's Church May Fair, Jane McIntyre and Deborah Tucker meet hankerchief girl Brenda Underhay.

Safety work had been carried out but councillors felt the situation was ‘precarious’ regardless.

* The Locking Deanery Housing Society’s project to provide 30 flatlets for older people opened at Clarence House.

Hill Road Methodist Church Gay-time Bazaar. At the lucky dip were Charlotte Thompson, Malcolm Summers, Paul Holford and Jennifer Plaister.Hill Road Methodist Church Gay-time Bazaar. At the lucky dip were Charlotte Thompson, Malcolm Summers, Paul Holford and Jennifer Plaister.

* A Weston milkman won a six-week long selling contest.

More than 600 milkmen from 72 dairies across Somerset and Wiltshire took part.

Children of Uphill County Primary School who gave an entertainment during the school's Children of Uphill County Primary School who gave an entertainment during the school's "open day", held at the village's Victory Hall.

Eventually, Ron Symes won, selling 3,960 extra pints.

* Yatton was the fastest-expanding parish in North Somerset, and the council discussed whether it needed a new junior school, built either in Claverham or near the old railway station.

Hutton, Locking and Oldmixon British Legion fete. Ann Fuller, Mark Purser and Katherine Whatling fishing for bottles.Hutton, Locking and Oldmixon British Legion fete. Ann Fuller, Mark Purser and Katherine Whatling fishing for bottles.

* Locking Parish Council was set to oppose Weston Borough Council’s plan for a caravan site in St Georges.

* A Weston postmaster saved his neighbour’s newsagents from going up in flames.

Ads 26th April 1967 Edition.Ads 26th April 1967 Edition.

Mr RK Norville heard some ‘popping’ in the backroom and went to investigate. He managed to put out the blaze before the firefighters arrived.

* Bleadon Youth Club was ready to start work to build its new club on land donated by the parish council.

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