Picture Past: May 5, 1967

PUBLISHED: 09:11 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 09 May 2017

Wedmore Young Farmers show and sale at the George Inn. Pamela Callow, of Chard's Farm, Blackford, won two prizes in the shorthorn class.

Wedmore Young Farmers show and sale at the George Inn. Pamela Callow, of Chard's Farm, Blackford, won two prizes in the shorthorn class.

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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.

Ads 5th May1967 Edition.Ads 5th May1967 Edition.

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 Mayor and Mayoress (Cllr and Mrs R.W. Thomas) with members of the Grammar School Morris dancing team that took part in National Folk Week country dancing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.The Mayor and Mayoress (Cllr and Mrs R.W. Thomas) with members of the Grammar School Morris dancing team that took part in National Folk Week country dancing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

* 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.

Former captain of the 1st Weston Company of the Boy's Brigade for 20 years, Mr Stanley Collett was presented with a set of golf clubs at the company's annual display in appreciation of his service. Mr Collett is pictured with his wife, and officers and boys.Former captain of the 1st Weston Company of the Boy's Brigade for 20 years, Mr Stanley Collett was presented with a set of golf clubs at the company's annual display in appreciation of his service. Mr Collett is pictured with his wife, and officers and boys.

* 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.

400 children from school in the Weston area took part in National Folk Week country dancing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.400 children from school in the Weston area took part in National Folk Week country dancing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

* 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.

Pupils of the Kings of Wessex Secondary School, Cheddar, worked together after school hours to produce a comic opera, Pupils of the Kings of Wessex Secondary School, Cheddar, worked together after school hours to produce a comic opera, "School and Crossbones".

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.

Pupils of the Kings of Wessex Secondary School, Cheddar, worked together after school hours to produce a comic opera, Pupils of the Kings of Wessex Secondary School, Cheddar, worked together after school hours to produce a comic opera, "School and Crossbones" The Head headmistress, Dame Crammer (played by Sarah Irving), with the pirate captain Gore (Barry Carter) and some of the pirates.

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.

Phillippa Sherwood, and Elizabeth, Joan and Gillian Drew at the British and Foreign Bible Society's sale at the Town Hall.Phillippa Sherwood, and Elizabeth, Joan and Gillian Drew at the British and Foreign Bible Society's sale at the Town Hall.

People were calling for the town to have its own MP.

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