Picture Past: October 1, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 October 2015

Wrington branch of the British Legion has held it's 16th annual flower, fruit and vegetable show. Twins Vanessa and Linda Moralee and some prize onions.

Wrington branch of the British Legion has held it's 16th annual flower, fruit and vegetable show. Twins Vanessa and Linda Moralee and some prize onions.

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ANTHRAX, a £1million loan, and school overcrowding all made the headlines in 1965.

Nailsea School's new pool opened by Mr. Paul Dean MP for North Somerset. Mr Dean starts the first race with competitors Stephen Morris, Lynne Pope and Nick Simms.Nailsea School's new pool opened by Mr. Paul Dean MP for North Somerset. Mr Dean starts the first race with competitors Stephen Morris, Lynne Pope and Nick Simms.

The stories were featured in the October 1 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset 
Herald.

■ Weston Borough Council borrowed £1million in local authority bonds in October 1965. The Mercury said it did not indicate there was a financial crisis, and the money was needed to replace ‘maturing loans’.

■ A case of anthrax was confirmed in East Brent. The cow’s carcass was destroyed.

■ A petition was launched by the Weston Young Wives and Friendship Group to get a cervical smear clinic established in the town.

■ Housing was as much of an issue in Yatton in 1965 as it is in 2015. Councillors visited the site for a proposed 90-home development in Well Lane, and were critical of access being created near the old vicarage.

■ A campaign was underway at Worlebury Primary School over fears of overcrowding. Parents wanted a new classroom to be built after a fire broke out due to an electrical fault. Parents said there were 100 children on the roll, and the figure was growing.

■ Banwell Parish Council agreed to fight a plan for quarrying at Webbington. It was going to work alongside the West Mendip Rural Preservation Society to ‘prevent views from the village being spoiled’.

■ After 16 years of work, a parish council clerk received a letter to say the County Council would support plans for a speed limit through Cleeve. Clerk Reg Neads launched a campaign for a speed limit through Cleeve in 1949, but it was refused by the County Council. In the meeting before his retirement, the county told him it would write to the Ministry of Transport to create a 40-mile-per-hour limit.

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