Picture Past: September 6, 1963

PUBLISHED: 13:56 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 18 September 2013

A toast in champagne for the winner, Carolyn Soper, from runner-up Luisa Debaisi- Gibbins (right) and Hazel Williams (left) who was third.

A toast in champagne for the winner, Carolyn Soper, from runner-up Luisa Debaisi- Gibbins (right) and Hazel Williams (left) who was third.

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HARVEST home events and flower shows are still held today - as they were in the week of September 6, 1963 - but beauty pageants were definitely more common in the 1960s.

Weston played host to the Miss TWW (Television Wales and The West) that week and the Weston Mercury and Somersetshire Herald reported on the event, won my 18-year-old Swansea clerk Carolyn Soper.

There was controversy at East Brent harvest home when a speaker urged the Government to construct a bypass for Highbridge before the M5 motorway was built – to rounds of applause from those attending.

Other news from Weston and around the area that week included:

n Suggestions have been made to the Parks, Parade and Sands committee that donkeys should be driven to and from the beach in motor vehicles rather than walked along the road causing traffic hold ups.

n Wedmore farmer Eric Westcott and his hand-reared Hereford cow called Half Pint have been collecting cash in the streets of Wedmore for the village’s upcoming harvest home.

n Alderman accuses Weston and District Health Committee of ‘crass stupidity’ over a £1,355 overspend.

Have you got any photos from days gone by? Email a digital copy to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk and your shots could be included in a future Picture Past.

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