Picture Past: May 8, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 May 2014
A ROYAL visit to Weston was announced, while the Queen Mother was entertained by some of the town's donkeys this week in 1964.
Here are some of the stories reported by the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald on May 8:
* Princess Alexandra was announced as a visitor to the town on July 8 to open The Lauriston, a new holiday home for blind people and their families. The visit was scheduled to include the Garden of Fragrance and flats for blind people in Lonsdale Avenue.
* And in other royal family news, two Weston donkeys were reported to have entertained the Queen Mother at the Badminton Horse Trials. Ringo and Snow White both attended the event with their owner Don Trapnell where they were raising money for disabled children. The Queen Mother reportedly watched them for 10 minutes, while Snow White entertained with her special trick of drinking tea from a china cup.
* Haircuts were set to cost more after salon owners decided on new minimum charges. It was the first price rise in the town for eight years. A cut for men saw a 1s 6d increase, while the minimum charge for a woman’s cut was 3s 6d, and 6s 6d for styling. Hairdressers cited an increase in overheads, rising wages and rates as the reason for the price increase.
* Weston Cricket Team’s opening batsman Terry Willetts was handed a contract at Somerset County Cricket Club. The left-hander, then aged 25, averaged 40 with the bat for Weston. He played 16 first class matches in total during his career, finishing with an average of 11.10.
* Weston Rugby Club had its poorest season since the war, the paper reported. Although unlike the previous year games had not been blighted by snow and frost, the club’s gate receipts had slipped to a new low.
* Banwell’s church was ‘in danger’, after an inspection found major damage by death watch beetles in the roof. Repairs were expected to cost £5,250 for the church described as ‘one of the finest examples of perpendicular architecture’.