SLIDERS: How has Weston-super-Mare changed in the past 50 years?

The Winter Gardens 50 years ago.

The Winter Gardens 50 years ago. - Credit: Archant

People have been looking back 10 years at their old photos the past few months so here at the Mercury we decided to do the same.

The Mercury has documented Weston-super-Mare’s history for decades and, with the help of Mercury photographer Mark Atherton, we were able to look back at how the seaside town has changed in the past 50 years.

Every week we look back through our archives in Picture Past, so this time we decided to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon and compare Weston’s top destinations from 1969 to 2019 on a larger scale.

Fifty years ago saw the construction of Weston College’s Knightstone campus and The Playhouse Theatre was hidden under scaffolding.

You may spot a spooky similarity between the former Dolphin Square – which was made up housing and The Central Picture House cinema – and the new multi-million-pound Dolphin Square complex which is made up of restaurants and a Cineworld.


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From the high street to the town’s vast seafront, here are some photos of Weston then and now.

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