Picture Past: August 4, 1967 – wartime bombs detonated on beach
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 August 2017
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Puxton Baptist Church was offered for sale after being closed for a number of years.