PICTURE PAST: Swimming pool plans revealed

Roses and sweet peas made a colourful display at the 74th annual Blagdon Horticultural Society Show.

Roses and sweet peas made a colourful display at the 74th annual Blagdon Horticultural Society Show. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Plans to build a school in Worle were running on schedule despite rumours saying otherwise. The story featured in the Weston Mercury & Somerset Herald in 1969.

Leslie and Jane Mottershead with Moses, a one-month-old Egyptian miniature donkey at Weston's model

Leslie and Jane Mottershead with Moses, a one-month-old Egyptian miniature donkey at Weston's model village. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A model of a proposed new swimming pool was revealed 50 years ago.

According to members of Achilles Flying Club, at Weston airport, the new game in the air is the "Lun

According to members of Achilles Flying Club, at Weston airport, the new game in the air is the "Lunch Patrol", a pastime that offers the pleasures of flying, competitive spirit, a free lunch for the victors and often a pleasant week-end away from home. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A pool, which was expected to cost around £110,000, was to be built behind the Burnham Community Centre, in Berrow Road.

Alison Selway enjoys the sweet peas made the 74th annual Blagdon Horticultural Society Show. Pi

Alison Selway enjoys the sweet peas made the 74th annual Blagdon Horticultural Society Show. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

n The construction of Worle Comprehensive School was set to be completed by January 1972.

In spite of heavey rain a large numbe of people were present at Banwell Castle fete where, approxima

In spite of heavey rain a large numbe of people were present at Banwell Castle fete where, approximately, £480 was raised. Graham King takes a tumble on the "Saucy Sue." Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Concerns were raised amid rumours the new school would not be ready by September 1972 but these were proved false by the divisional education officer J F Mason.

In spite of heavy rain a large number of people were present at Banwell Castle fete where, approxima

In spite of heavy rain a large number of people were present at Banwell Castle fete where, approximately, £480 was raised. The opener, District Cllr. Mrs. M.I.B. King, at the hoop-la. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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The first stages of the school would in fact be completed on time, made up of the lower and middle form blocks, administration offices and a school library.

July flooding again this year as torrential rain on Monday brought a month of warm, sunny weather to

July flooding again this year as torrential rain on Monday brought a month of warm, sunny weather to a tempory end. "At one time our pet ducks were swimming through the house" said Mrs. Hawkings, of Elm Tree Farm Locking, here seen mopping up. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

n A parish council feared alterations to the crossroads near the Fox and Goose Inn, in Brent Knoll, would increase the danger to traffic.

Weston YMCA plans to alter the 160 year old frontage to its premises, and this is an illustration of

Weston YMCA plans to alter the 160 year old frontage to its premises, and this is an illustration of the new look proposed. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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Work had begun on building an intersection similar to the one where the A370 meets the A38 at East Brent and Brent Knoll Parish Council was worried the new junction would become as potentially dangerous as the one in East Brent.

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

n The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) shared photos of the improved conditions at Berrow Primary School.

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

The county council paid £280 to improve the toilet facilities there, but the school's success irritated the local education executive.

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

The PTA's direct approach to the county's chief education officer upset members of the Weston Divisional Education Executive as neither the executive or managers of Berrow School had been consulted.

Front Page 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 1st August 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

n A 19-year-old publican's daughter was the winner of the 1969 Modern Venus bathing beauty contest.

Wendy Anne George took home the coveted crown after she won the fourth round of the contest.

The young bartender was a runner-up the previous year and was placed third in the Miss Britain contest.

n History seemed to repeat itself when a torrential downpour ended a month of warm, sunny weather.

The bad weather flooded some areas almost a year after the great floods of 1968.

This time, Weston felt the brunt of the bad weather, with 2.91 inches of rain falling in 16 hours.

However, the flooding was not as bad in 1969, with only three bungalows in Locking reported to be two feet deep.

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