Picture Past: September 24, 1965

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 September 2015

These attractive servers at Allerton Harvest Home are (left to right): Doris James, Gladys Davies, Angeline Brockhurst and Jennifer Nichols.

These attractive servers at Allerton Harvest Home are (left to right): Doris James, Gladys Davies, Angeline Brockhurst and Jennifer Nichols.

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DESPITE a huge increase in bank holiday visitors to Weston, the overall income for the summer had dropped in 1965 - with reduced takings from deckchairs being held responsible.

A striking exhibition was arranged by the West and Midlands Match label Club, the first exhibition of Match labels, boxes, holders and bookmatches ever to visit Weston. Pictured are interested visitors Roger and Gillian Eastwood.A striking exhibition was arranged by the West and Midlands Match label Club, the first exhibition of Match labels, boxes, holders and bookmatches ever to visit Weston. Pictured are interested visitors Roger and Gillian Eastwood.

The story was reported in the September 24 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ Poor summer weather meant income from entertainment and catering in Weston was down by £14,000 on the same period the year before. The treasurer of Weston Borough Council’s catering and entertainment committee said most of the problems stemmed from declining deckchair income. Takings at the open air pool were also down by £5,500.

■ Progress on rebuilding The Playhouse theatre was going ‘pretty well’ general manager BH Flavell said. The theatre was destroyed in a fire in August 1964. Mr Flavell said the architect’s drawings had been approved and an update would be received in two months’ time.

■ A ‘trunk drain’ was the only long-term solution to prevent flooding in Cheddar, the village’s parish council was told. Torrential rain caused flooding in Cheddar’s caves in August, meaning thousands of visitors had to be turned away. The water was said to have raced through the village as people struggled to keep water out of their homes. But the council was told temporary measures would relieve flooding in some areas, and create problems in others, and so only a trunk drain would do.

■ Axbridge parents were asking for a better bus service for pupils returning from Cheddar Secondary Modern School, as some were having to wait half an hour between services. This was because the bus could only take 12 pupils at a time.

■ Burnham Urban District Council said it would apologise to the South West Blood Transfusion Service, after bingo took precedence over a blood donor session. The mix-up was over a booking in the town hall, as it was thought the blood transfusions had been a provisional booking.

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