Picture Past, November 15, 1968 - carnival to return to Weston-super-Mare?
- Credit: Archant
The fun and fervour of this year’s carnival may only just have begun to die down, but 50 years ago attention focussed on bringing the event back to Weston’s streets.
The town had axed its carnival in 1962, but the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported the summer and winter events could return after a seven-year break in 1969.
Weston Lions spearheaded the calls for the carnival’s revival.
Although Weston had stopped its, the event remained in Burnham and pictures from its festival were carried 50 years ago this week.
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Weston Borough Council was having to cut its capital expenditure in 1968, despite the Mercury reporting buildings, roads and other services had not received much financial attention for a while.
* The future of library services was up for debate too.
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Cllr D G Grigg told a Weston Borough Council meeting the town’s main library was ‘oversubscribed’ and a new branch facility in Worle was ‘essential’.
But concerns over costs – amid the uncertain financial picture – meant councillors deferred on whether to push the project back by 12 months or not.
* The scale of the problem facing patients in Weston was revealed.
Some were having to wait for ‘three to four years’ for a procedure, while hundreds faced at least a 12-month delay.
The figures – which in a modern context seem startling – were announced as part of Weston’s battle to get a new hospital.
Cllr C D Curtis said they showed why the new centre was needed.
Work for a new hospital was meant to have begun three years before in 1965, and with delays until the early 1970s rumoured, the councillor said the project should get underway within one year.
* And Weston Cage Bird Society held its open show.
The group remarked entries were down in 1968 however, with organisers convinced poor transport links stopped people from getting to the show to enter their birds.