Picture Past: November 22, 1968 - parking charges capped at £2 per year

A moving and exciting production of Lionel Bart's musical 'Oliver', by the girls of Rossholme School

A moving and exciting production of Lionel Bart's musical 'Oliver', by the girls of Rossholme School, at the Knightstone Theatre. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Car parking charges in Weston dominated the news agenda back in late-November 1968.

Prize winners at Worle Secondary School Speach Day. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Prize winners at Worle Secondary School Speach Day. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Councillors had toyed with the idea of raising prices by 50 per cent – but members voted in favour of keeping the charge to £2 for the year.

Fees were introduced to ensure there was a turnover of spaces for the ‘casual day user and the shopper’.

Ald G W Couch led the calls though for the price increase stating: “If people want to pay to park on top of their job in the town, they should be prepared to pay more.

“Other places charge more than Weston.”

A moving and exciting production of Lionel Bart's musical 'Oliver', by the girls of Rossholme School

A moving and exciting production of Lionel Bart's musical 'Oliver', by the girls of Rossholme School, at the Knightstone Theatre. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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Proposals to change prices to £3, or £2 10s, were voted down, although councillors agreed to look again at the fees in future.

* A fire broke out at the Boys Grammar School in Weston.

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Several hundreds of pounds worth of damage was caused to the roof.

The fire began in the ‘narrow area between the boys and girls schools gymnasiums’.

Worle Secondary School Speach Day. A section of the pupils at the prizegiving. Picture: WESTON M

Worle Secondary School Speach Day. A section of the pupils at the prizegiving. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

But there was very much a British attitude of the show must go on, with the Mercury reporting fears the speech day celebrations would have to be postponed proved to be ‘unfounded’.

* ‘Dullest October since 1901’ was the rather abrupt headline to describe Weston’s previous month.

It was not though a reflection on entertainment in the town, but in fact the weather, with Weston only receiving 49.8 hours of sunlight – less than half the average.

* The Conservatives were in buoyant mood, declaring Labour was on the wane in Weston.

Scouts and Guides pictured together at the Rangers' mini-market, held at the Albert Hall, Oxford Str

Scouts and Guides pictured together at the Rangers' mini-market, held at the Albert Hall, Oxford Street. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Miss Dina McAuley, of the Weston Young Conservatives, said there had been ‘an overwhelming rejection of the Labour Party’ by young voters.

* There was some rare good news for rail passengers too.

The Government promised to help subsidise the Bristol to Taunton train line, which called at Weston, to ensure it remained in operation.

But not everyone was happy with the railways – in particular the disused ones.

Weston Scout's Bazaar, Father Christmas with Stephen and Geoffrey King and Anthony Grey. Picture

Weston Scout's Bazaar, Father Christmas with Stephen and Geoffrey King and Anthony Grey. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

* Cllr Peter Bennett of Wrington Parish Council said it was a ‘national disgrace’ that out-of-commission tracks, such as those near the village, had been left to be covered by weeds.

He said British Rail had not responded to farmers who wanted to take on the land and called for MP David Webster to take up the issue.

Weston Cllr. C.D. Curtis, chairman of the council's Works Committee responsible for road safety, vis

Weston Cllr. C.D. Curtis, chairman of the council's Works Committee responsible for road safety, visiting the Tufty Club, which was started two years ago by Mrs. Olwen Tooley to teach road sense and safety. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Parishioners at St Jude's, Milton, held a bazaar to raise funds for the Church Missionary Society. L

Parishioners at St Jude's, Milton, held a bazaar to raise funds for the Church Missionary Society. Left to right: Susan Tempan, Jane Ludbrook, Shirley Roberts, Mavis Fairchild and Jean Wade. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

These are stirring times at Weston Hospital in more ways than one. Here the Rev. T.S. Fairchild, cha

These are stirring times at Weston Hospital in more ways than one. Here the Rev. T.S. Fairchild, chairman of the Hospital Management Committee, stirs the Christmas pudding. Strong efforts are also being made now to stir up the Ministry of Health to hasten the building of Weston's new hospital. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Ads 22nd November 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 22nd November 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Front Page 22nd November 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 22nd November 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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