Readers' pictures from time gone by

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 January 2015

New Street residents' Coronation Party outside the Old British Legion Club (Submitted by Ollie Pratlett).

New Street residents' Coronation Party outside the Old British Legion Club (Submitted by Ollie Pratlett).

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EVERY week, the Mercury turns the spotlight on key news from 50 years ago.

Sally Schofield with her cup for the best baby of the Dairy Festival Baby Show in 1957 (Submitted by Julie Reeves).Sally Schofield with her cup for the best baby of the Dairy Festival Baby Show in 1957 (Submitted by Julie Reeves).

Whether it’s changes to the Winter Gardens, plans for new car parks or postponed building work, sometimes it seems as though very little has changed.

But Mercury readers have also been sending in their pictures from life in the town in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s – and they show some things really are different as we stand on the cusp of 2015.

In Geoff Lees’ picture of Birnbeck Pier from the 1970s, it was still being used as an attraction, with steamer ships departing from it until 1979.

People all over Weston celebrated the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, waving Union Flags and enjoying food in the street.

Birnbeck Pier in the 1970s (Submitted by Geoff Lees).Birnbeck Pier in the 1970s (Submitted by Geoff Lees).

Ollie Pratlett’s photographs show residents of New Street enjoying the occasion.

But in some ways, things are very similar – Laurence Orme’s pictures show donkeys on the beach and people enjoying a drink at the Imperial.

* If you have digital copies of pictures from times gone by, you can send them to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk and they could be featured in a future edition of our Readers’ Picture Past page.

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