Picture Past: May 29, 1964
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 June 2014
A PROSPECT of battles between mods and rockers was reported by the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald this week in 1964.
Some of the stories which appeared in the May 29 edition included:
* Prompt action by Weston police quelling an uneasy situation in Regent Street when ‘hundreds of youths and girls appeared likely to cause a disturbance’. They were reported to have been anticipating a mods v rockers battle. Later in the paper it was reported Weston MP David Webster said riots between mods and rockers proved ‘mere prosperity is not enough’.
* Weston butchers were left with too much beef at the end of the weekend, and claimed ‘housewives had been frightened to buy it because of national publicity that prices would be excessive’. But the butchers said prices in the town had remained steady.
* More questions were being asked of a shopping and housing development in Carlton Street, after it was said building work was likely to start in June rather than April as had been anticipated. But Weston Borough Council said it was sure work would begin on June 5.
* Blagdon Parish Council’s financial position was worsening. Cllr AWT Williams warned ‘the way we are going on, we shall have no money left’.
* It was said at a planning inquiry at Axbridge that permission to build on a site adjoining Crooks Lane in Banwell had been refused because the proposed bypass would sever it from the village.
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