Picture Past: October 22, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 October 2015

Another phase in Weston-s-Mare's strategic warfare against destructive pigeons may soon be opened. The Parks Committee has recommented that the Health Committee should accept a pest-control firm's offer to net the pigeons at the rate of 4s. a bird.
But the committee was told, the attitude of pigeon lovers is a big obstacle in any campaign against the pigeons. Nets put down previously were said to have been removed the first night, while a man engaged to lure the birds into a cage was

Another phase in Weston-s-Mare's strategic warfare against destructive pigeons may soon be opened. The Parks Committee has recommented that the Health Committee should accept a pest-control firm's offer to net the pigeons at the rate of 4s. a bird. But the committee was told, the attitude of pigeon lovers is a big obstacle in any campaign against the pigeons. Nets put down previously were said to have been removed the first night, while a man engaged to lure the birds into a cage was "so abused and insulted by the public that he gave up."

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‘STRATEGIC warfare’ against Weston’s ‘public enemy number one’ – pigeons – was about to begin in Weston in 1965.

The October 22 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported the next instalment in the ongoing saga against the birds.

■ It was recommended that Weston Borough Council’s health committee accepted a pest control company’s offer to capture the pigeons in a net and be paid £20 per 100 birds. But the committee was told the pigeon-lovers were a big obstacle. During a previous attempt, the net was pulled down on the first night.

The deputy borough engineer Mr EG Smith said they had hoped to use narcotics or anaesthetics on the birds, but they did not get the agreement of the Ministry of Agriculture.

One letter-writer reported: “For years pigeons have been strutting around Weston as if they owned the place. Their arrogance has increased with their numbers, and today they may be reckoned local public enemy number one.”

■ There were delays over building a footbridge on Weston’s seafront. The bridge was going to run from the seafront, across Beach Road and the Beach Lawns and onto the promenade. The delay was said to be due to a legal mistake made by an oil company which owned a site on the seafront.

■ The paper’s own Looking Back column, similar to Picture Past, reported an unusual story from World War Two. Pet owners were being asked to save the combings of hair from their animals which would be collected and turned into wool by volunteer spinners. This would then create mittens and stockings for the troops.

■ More than 40 traders in Orchard Street handed in a petition to reverse the one-way traffic flow. They said a change to the north to south traffic to Alexandra Parade had resulted in a loss of trade.

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