Picture Past: August 4, 1967 – wartime bombs detonated on beach

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 August 2017

Three boys searching for war time souvenirs in the mud at Sand Bay, found what appeared to be a bomb and started a hunt which led to the discovery of an arsenal of bombs, mines and depth charges. So far this week a naval bomb disposal team have detonated six large sea mines, one aerial depth charge and one 100lb bomb.

Three boys searching for war time souvenirs in the mud at Sand Bay, found what appeared to be a bomb and started a hunt which led to the discovery of an arsenal of bombs, mines and depth charges. So far this week a naval bomb disposal team have detonated six large sea mines, one aerial depth charge and one 100lb bomb.

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Unexploded bombs and mines were discovered on a Weston-super-Mare beach 50 years ago. Here are the stories from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1967.

David Crow shows his miniature rock garden to sisters Carol and Tina O'Nions at Uphill Horticultural Society show.David Crow shows his miniature rock garden to sisters Carol and Tina O'Nions at Uphill Horticultural Society show.

It was an explosive afternoon in Sand Bay, after three boys searching for wartime souvenirs found what appeared to be a bomb and some mines.

Holidaymakers were cleared away and a bomb disposal team was called to the beach and detonated six large sea mines and a 100lb bomb.

It was feared the vibrations from the exploding charges could cause a chain reaction of mines lying in the mud.

Lorna Banks (jester) and Mandy Larder (gypsy) were prize-winners in the fancy dress parade at Draycott Fete.Lorna Banks (jester) and Mandy Larder (gypsy) were prize-winners in the fancy dress parade at Draycott Fete.

The main problem though was a mystery object found in the mud, and the team had never seen anything like it before.

They thought it may have been an experimental weapon and took it away for testing.

• A torrent of swiftly flowing water burst from a main under the A38 at Sidcot and led to a partial closure of the busy road.

Achildrens gymkhana was held at Winford Hospital to aid Riding for the Disabled. Pictured between events are Catherine Charles and her pony, Candy.Achildrens gymkhana was held at Winford Hospital to aid Riding for the Disabled. Pictured between events are Catherine Charles and her pony, Candy.

• Five Worlebury boys concerned about the fact they had nowhere to play ball games organised a petition for the primary school playing fields to be made available for general use.

• The Government Department of Education and Science approved a new school to be built for 200 pupils in Locking.

Other schemes approved included an extension at Churchill County Secondary school so it could provide a sixth form education, and an extension to the school in Worle so two additional year groups could be taught.

A childrens gymkhana was held at Winford Hospital to aid Riding for the Disabled. Pictured between events are Christabel Peacock, Deborah Force, Susan Beer and Jean Richards.A childrens gymkhana was held at Winford Hospital to aid Riding for the Disabled. Pictured between events are Christabel Peacock, Deborah Force, Susan Beer and Jean Richards.

• There was a setback to plans to build a Post Office sorting office on land near to Weston’s railway station, as it was found the area was simply too small to be a suitable site.

• Yatton’s war memorial was used as a ‘bottle shy’ the night before a competition judging the best-kept monuments.

The council was investigating if it could offer a reward for anyone who had information about the litter.

Four 14-year-old members of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club have brought home the Somerset County Boys international club team race trophy from a three club meeting at Yeovil. They are Steven Cousins, David Parcell, Paul Hawkins and Keven Gibbs.Four 14-year-old members of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club have brought home the Somerset County Boys international club team race trophy from a three club meeting at Yeovil. They are Steven Cousins, David Parcell, Paul Hawkins and Keven Gibbs.

• The chairman of Weston Football Club wrote to the Mercury because he was ‘gravely concerned’ about the lack of interest in the club by residents, the council and business people.

He said during how the ‘glorious’ cup run three years ago, 3,000 people watched a match and a temporary stand had to be built.

“Where is this drive and enthusiasm today?” he asked.

About to take the first bite are toffee-apple eaters Linda Harris and Sarah Brown at Banwell Castle Fete.About to take the first bite are toffee-apple eaters Linda Harris and Sarah Brown at Banwell Castle Fete.

• Puxton Baptist Church was offered for sale after being closed for a number of years.

MORE: Picture Past from July 28, 1967.

Neil Salter, a fancy dress prize winner, pictured with Heathers McCrackers, the Raf Locking mascot and 'Pony Major' appentice C. Anderson at Banwell Castle Fete.Neil Salter, a fancy dress prize winner, pictured with Heathers McCrackers, the Raf Locking mascot and 'Pony Major' appentice C. Anderson at Banwell Castle Fete.

Three boys searching for war time souvenirs in the mud at Sand Bay, found what appeared to be a bomb and started a hunt which led to the discovery of an arsenal of bombs, mines and depth charges. So far this week a naval bomb disposal team have detonated six large sea mines, one aerial depth charge and one 100lb bomb.Three boys searching for war time souvenirs in the mud at Sand Bay, found what appeared to be a bomb and started a hunt which led to the discovery of an arsenal of bombs, mines and depth charges. So far this week a naval bomb disposal team have detonated six large sea mines, one aerial depth charge and one 100lb bomb.

Ads 4th August 1967 Edition.Ads 4th August 1967 Edition.

Front Page 4th August 1967 Edition.Front Page 4th August 1967 Edition.

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