Picture Past: September 20, 1963
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 September 2013
THE Tropicana saga may be rumbling on today, but it seems the start of the landmark's troubles can be traced back as far as 50 years ago when it was still a functioning lido.
The Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald reported on September 20, 1963 how a poor summer for weather had caused an estimated £4,000 drop in takings at Weston’s Open Air Pool.
But there was record demand for Weston’s Holiday Guide, with more than 46,000 issued.
Christ Church School also celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The Mercury reported at the time: “100 years ago, on September 28, 1863, erected at a cost of £1,180, Christ Church School was officially opened.
“In those days at Weston, there was, of course, little more than a quiet seaside community.
“The school, now in the centre of a busy, residential area, stood amidst the fields on the outskirts of the town.
“A ditch by the school was Weston’s northern boundary, and Christ Church Path was a pleasant country lane where primroses grew.”
Other news reported from around the area that week included:
n Yatton Women’s Institute has called on the National Federation to support a campaign for routine tests for cancer in women.
n Work on the new Weston to Avonmouth gas main has started. It will eventually link Weston’s gas works with a new plant in Avonmouth leading to more stable supplies and prices.
n Weston’s Civil Defence Corps is launching a recruitment campaign with a display of vehicles and an exhibition to encourage new volunteers.
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