Picture Past: May 26, 1967 - Birnbeck Pier turning 100
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2017
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* A Weston milkman won a six-week long selling contest.
More than 600 milkmen from 72 dairies across Somerset and Wiltshire took part.
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.
* 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.
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.