Picture Past: Two medical groups consider merging in July 1966

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:31 25 July 2016

Open day and fete at Sexey's School, Blackford. Janice Smith tries her skill at a sideshow.

Open day and fete at Sexey's School, Blackford. Janice Smith tries her skill at a sideshow.


Back in 1966, seven local hospitals administered by the Weston-super-Mare group and two by Mendip were considered for merger along with the integration of psychiatric hospitals into general hospitals. The hope was to break down the isolation of mental hospitals.

The headquarters of the new Mid-Somerset Hospital Management Committee was expected to be at St John’s Hospital, Axbridge.

n Coronation Street actor Peter Adamson, who played Len Fairclough, had agreed to judge the final of the Modern Venus bathing beauty competition at The Pool – later to become the Tropicana.

n Submissions from parties interested in developing a multi-storey car park at the Regent House, High Street were being accepted by the council.

n A professional wrestler who topped the bill at the Winter Gardens Pavilion tournament suffered serious head injuries when his Mini car hit the kerb and overturned near the Woolpack Inn, St Georges.

n Scouts from the 1st Weston YMCA and 2nd Weston Hill Road Troops won two firsts, two seconds, a third and two fourths in the national scout car races at Cleethorpes.

n The annual Weston Dairy Festival was a record-breaking event, with estimated visitor numbers hitting 35,000-40,000.

n Protests made at the Weston Borough Council meeting to stop a ‘dogs on a lead’ restriction in Ashcombe Park were successful.

n A former Weston Grammar School pupil was promoted to Commander, taking up his post at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Commander SR Burrows joined the navy in 1945.

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