Picture Past: May 28, 1965

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 June 2015

Hill Road Methodist Church Bazaar. The opener, Miss Elfreda Withers (left), makes a purchase from the Brownies. Onlookers are the chairman, Mr. K. Blake, Mrs. Withers and the Rev. G.H. Daniels.

Hill Road Methodist Church Bazaar. The opener, Miss Elfreda Withers (left), makes a purchase from the Brownies. Onlookers are the chairman, Mr. K. Blake, Mrs. Withers and the Rev. G.H. Daniels.

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A ‘BOOM’ year was forecast for Weston this week in 1965.

Weston’s new mayor, Alderman Francis Arthur Boyd donned his robes, and the story was featured in the May 28 edition on the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The new mayor forecast a ‘boom’ year for Weston and announced the projects which should be complete by the time he left office. He said the first part of the Carlton Street redevelopment scheme should be completed with some of the premises occupied. The £2million drainage scheme with its extension into the Worle area would be complete. And the first stage of the town hall extension should be undertaken. A contract for 349 houses in Preanes Green, at a cost of £1million, was also expected to be under way.

■ Mr Boyd also said he looked forward to a new lease of life for Weston’s holiday trade, with the completion of the Severn Bridge, and the M5 motorway passing within half a mile. He said: “In my opinion, Weston will become not only the gateway to the west, but a place in which tourists wanting a rest from the hurly-burly of the trunk road will choose to stay for a night or longer. This town could well become, as well as an even more popular resort, the springboard for the far South West.”

■ Also that week was the news the use of go-karts was banned from Berrow’s beach after complaints.

■ St John Ambulance Brigade and the Royal Observer Corps carried out a practice rescue at the rocks by Birnbeck Pier. The operation was put in place to give members experience on how to deal with anyone who had a fall.

■ A proposal to give Weston its first ever 24-hour coin operated laundry was accepted by Weston Borough Council. It was due to be built in Devonshire Road.

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