Picture Past: September 13, 1968 – New entrance plan for Grand Pier
PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 September 2018
Changes to Weston’s Grand Pier and the rediscovery of lost memorial tablets made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the September 13 edition.
• A new entrance was proposed for Weston’s Grand Pier, incorporating shops, a kiosk and fish and chips restaurant.
It would also have a small amusement arcade and a sun deck.
The plans were presented to Weston Borough Council, where some members expressed concerns it could affect the views across Weston Bay, as the new entrance would be higher and wider.
• A lost memorial was rediscovered at a building site in Bleadoon.
The five granite tablets had been created to commemorate men from the village who died in World War One.
They had been part of the wall at Bleadon Chapel, in Shiplate Road, which was knocked down in 1966 to make way for houses.
The tablets had vanished, but a Mercury reporter managed to track down a contractor involved in the demolition, and was led to the tablets, which were hidden beneath nettles and brambles.
• Weston was known nationally as a bowling centre, but its changing facilities and cloakroom were reportedly terrible.
Weston Borough Council was asked to set aside £12,000 to build a new pavilion.
• One of the finest herds of British Friesian cattle in the West of England went under the hammer at Woodspring Priory.
Farmer, and the owner of the historic site, Mr RF Burrough owned the animals, but he was selling the land to the National Trust.
Mr Burrough was described as one of the pioneers of the Friesian cows in the West of England, and his 200 animals sold for thousands of pounds.
• A factory on the Oldmixon estate had increased its productivity by a third in four months, to try to meet Government targets.
Ministers wanted productivity in industry to go up by 70 per cent in nine months.
The Oldmixon firm, Compression Joints Ltd, had managed 34 per cent in four months by encouraging workers and bosses to communicate more effectively.
• A team of 50 archeologists were to descend on Cadbury Hill in Congresbury to search for fresh clues from the King Alfred period.
• So much litter had accumulated in The Square in Axbridge it was described as an ‘absolute disgrace’.