Picture Past: May 5, 1967
PUBLISHED: 09:11 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 09 May 2017
Huge sums of money were being made available for a Weston-super-Mare school and hospital. Here is the news from 50 years ago, as reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
A new secondary school in Worle would ‘spearhead’ changes in comprehensive education in Weston, it was announced.
The Secretary of State for Education and Science approved the first changes which needed to be made at the school, and allocated £221,135 for the work.
* The secretary of the South West Regional Hospital Board told the League of Friends of Weston Hospital that a site in Uphill had been chosen for the town’s new hospital.
The first phase of work, which would be for a maternity unit, would start in September 1969 and was expected to cost £750,000. The second phase would cost around £3million.
* The credit squeeze was still affecting unemployment in Weston, although the number of people on the unemployment register had fallen between January and April.
However, unemployment was still worse than at the same time in the previous two years, with 645 people out of work.
* The first Somerset strawberries of the year were picked in Rodney Stoke.
* Members of the Axbridge Trust thought the town needed to be put back on the map as a place to visit.
They wanted new signs to remind motorists to stop there, as it was a site of historical interest.
* The first powerboat races to be held entirely in Weston Bay took place.
Thousands of people took to Knightstone to watch.
* The Mercury’s Looking Back column, similar to Picture Past, described how in 1867 Weston’s population had reached 12,000 and the value of property was £41,000.
People were calling for the town to have its own MP.