Readers’ Picture Past

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 July 2015

American soldiers on the Grand Pier in 1948 (Picture from Laurence Orme).

American soldiers on the Grand Pier in 1948 (Picture from Laurence Orme).


AFTER World War Two came to an end in 1945, life returned much to normal for people in Weston, as these pictures show.

The Weston Model Railway Club held an event at the Town Hall in 1962 (Picture: Mr Matthews).The Weston Model Railway Club held an event at the Town Hall in 1962 (Picture: Mr Matthews).

In the wake of the Mercury’s nostalgic photos looking back at the 70th anniversary of VE Day, readers have been sending in their own pictures of life in the town from the 1940s, as well as others from more recent times.

Laurence Orme’s pictures show American soldiers enjoying the Grand Pier in 1948, even though World War Two had finished three years earlier.

Former politician and author Lord Jeffrey Archer features as a young boy in Mr Lyall’s picture of the 1st YMCA Scout Group in 1947.

And people flocked to the old Knightstone Theatre to watch a pantomime in 1947, full of glamorous costumes.

More recent pictures from the 1950s show schoolgirls dressed up for their domestic science lessons and spending time at the Bournville Youth Centre.

n Have you got some pictures from bygone eras you would like to share with readers? Email them to

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