Picture Past: May 31, 1968 – Did ancient law allow free fishing?
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 June 2018
An ancient right to fish for free and a belief people could save money but were instead ‘overeating’ made for some unusual stories in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in May 50 years ago.
• Did parishioners in Bleadon have the right to catch fish for free on Fridays under an ancient law?
That was the unusual question put to Bleadon Parish Council, which promised to look into the matter.
Rumour had it permission to fish in the River Axe for free on Fridays came as part of an ancient right.
• Delegates at the North Somerset District Conference of the National Savings Committee heard it was ‘nonsense’ people were not able to save money.
The district commissioner acknowledged there was a credit squeeze but said this did not mean people could not save.
He said: “People are overeating and having weight problems, are patronising football pools and betting shops more than ever.
“People do not realise how grave the economic situation is.”
• In five years, 15 garden walls in Weston had been demolished by cars crashing into them in a part of Locking Road.
Residents living on the corner of Corondale Road and Hillview Farm were petitioning for something to be done to prevent overtaking, or warnings to be installed about it being a dangerous corner.
• Nearly 100 Weston hotels were fully-booked ahead of the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.
• Weston’s newest approach to the seafront was completed.
The seafront could be reached through Walliscote Grove Road, and the work had cost £800.
• People in Axbridge were warned they had a month to change their ways when it came to parking, or double yellow lines would be painted through the town.
Drivers were reportedly parking outside shops and businesses on the narrow roads.
• A new school for training apprentices was unveiled.
It was built at the Westland Helicopter factory on Weston’s Oldmixon estate, and was equipped with new machinery.
It could accommodate 30 apprentices, compared to the 10 it could train originally.
• A demonstration of colour TVs was to be given at Weston’s Grand Central Hotel by the UK’s largest television rental company.
• Street lights going on and off at different times, sometimes during the day, was the subject of complaints in Banwell.
The parish council said it had contacted the Electricity Board, but had not received a response.