Picture Past: August 18, 1967 – The Tremeloes arrive in Weston
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 August 2017
A pop group’s visit and a female pilot made the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from August 18, 1967.
• Pop band The Tremeloes arrived in Weston-super-Mare faced with 100 screaming fans and a number of holidaymakers desperate for their autographs.
The group, formed in 1958 and known for their cover of Do You Love Me and the number one single Silence Is Golden, were in the town to open a new boutique.
The shop, Funny Girl Boutique, was opening at Dolphin Square and aimed to cater for the ‘with it’ girl.
It stocked trouser suits, mini skirts and dresses, and ‘Twiggy’ dresses.
The Tremeloes were greeted with a crowd outside the shop, and only three people were allowed in at a time.
• One of the country’s best-known female pilots was temporarily filling in as a pleasure flight pilot in Weston.
Jackie Moggridge received her pilot licence 30 years previously, when she was 16, and she had completed around 10,000 flying miles.
She said some people were surprised to see her sitting in the pilot’s seat, but they were not worried about it.
• An aerial survey of Sand Bay had been planned after a series of wartime bombs and mines were discovered on the beach.
However, it had to be called off as the RAF aircraft was needed elsewhere.
Instead, a careful search was carried out on foot.
Lieutenant Larry Park said: “Inevitably there must still be something else out there somewhere.”
• An official protest was going to be sent from Weston to the Government Department of Technology after a series of supersonic test flights over the town.
The tests were carried out in preparation for the Concorde airliner going into service and to see how people would react to the sonic booms.
If Weston was anything to go by, the answer was ‘not well’.
• Somerset County Council was going to press ahead with more than £30,000 of improvements in its schools despite a Government cut to its finances.
Somerset had a greater proportion of pre-20th century school buildings than the rest of the country.
This meant sanitary conditions in the schools were not up to scratch, and the council agreed to spend the money on the improvements.