Picture Past: November 28, 1969: ‘Suicidal’ not to have new pool on seafront

Father Christmas was a centre of attraction at the toy fayre held at Hutton schoolroom by the local

Father Christmas was a centre of attraction at the toy fayre held at Hutton schoolroom by the local Parent-Teacher Association. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Councillors held an in-depth discussion on where best to build a swimming pool in Weston in November 1969.

The assembly during Weston Boy's Grammar School prizegiving. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The assembly during Weston Boy's Grammar School prizegiving. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Weston Borough Council had plans to spend £300,000 on a new pool in Winterstoke Road, but the scheme did not have total backing of members.

Cllr W E Roe suggested it would be 'suicidal' not to build the second pool on Weston seafront - a sentiment that 50 years on is still shared in some quarters.

Cllr V Goold was one of the members to put forward the Knightstone Theatre complex as an alternative.

He said: "There isn't a better site than Knightstone Island and it should be borne in mind that Knightstone Theatre has been run at quite a loss for years.

Michael Chew, Barbara Uher, Christopher Lambert, Jack Donkin and Joan Maddocks with (seated) Elva Ma

Michael Chew, Barbara Uher, Christopher Lambert, Jack Donkin and Joan Maddocks with (seated) Elva Makins and Adrienne Griffiths in the Red Triangle Players' production of J.B. Priestly's 'When We Are Married'. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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"It's only used for six months of the year anyway."

However, there was some support for an out-of-town pool.

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Cllr J R Blizzard said 80 per cent of users of the Knightstone Baths were locals and it made sense, with the town growing, that a location away from the seafront for a new pool was seriously considered.

* Swimming was not the only sport to make the front page of the Mercury.

Martin Hares, Weston's best forward in their game with Taunton, makes a break from a loose maul.

Martin Hares, Weston's best forward in their game with Taunton, makes a break from a loose maul. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

It was revealed that consideration was given to having a speedway team in Weston.

Cllr Maurice Watts said: "The rugby club is quite isolated so there should not be any disturbance on account of noise.

"I understand club officials have visited speedway tracks in other parts of the country and they envisage a track laid in the cinders so that it could be used as an athletics track (too)."

* Hundreds of teachers went on strike over an unsatisfactory pay rise offer, but arguably the biggest education story of the week was in Highbridge.

An important operation is carried out at Weston Hospital - the Christmas pudding mixture is prepared

An important operation is carried out at Weston Hospital - the Christmas pudding mixture is prepared. Our picture shows the Rev. T.S. Fairchild (chairman of the Hospital Management Committee) and Miss B.C. Cheek (Marton) strirring the mixture watched by nurses and other staff. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

One teacher and 11 pupils of Highbridge Infants School were taken to hospital in Burnham after fainting.

The fumes from a coke store caused a dozen people to fall ill and the school was quickly trying to find another heating system.

* And a business in Highbridge was hugely affected by a fire.

An estimated £15,000 of damage was caused in an early-morning blaze at Woodberry Brooks & Haines Ltd, in Springfield Road.

Smiling Weston Grammar School boys made happy by a half-day's holiday owing to the teachers' strike,

Smiling Weston Grammar School boys made happy by a half-day's holiday owing to the teachers' strike, wait for the homeward bus. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

It was the third fire in a year-and-a-half to affect the firm. The previous two had cost the company about £21,500.

Police had not ruled out arson as the cause of the fire.

Ads 28th November 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 28th November 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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