PICTURE PAST: February 21, 1969 – Police pursue 15-year-old motocyclist at 80mph

Chilly competitors at the Shrove Tuesday pancake race organised by Cleeve Women's Institute. Pictu

Chilly competitors at the Shrove Tuesday pancake race organised by Cleeve Women's Institute. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Police officers were praised for their ‘courage’ after chasing down a 15-year-old boy on a motorcycle. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

A knot of chilly spectators at The Pound, Cleeve, saw Mrs. Gaye Wilson win the Shrove Tuesday pancak

A knot of chilly spectators at The Pound, Cleeve, saw Mrs. Gaye Wilson win the Shrove Tuesday pancake race organised by Cleeve Women's Institute. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Two more amusement arcade applications were submitted to Weston Borough Council for the town centre.

Although some members of the council’s planning committee already thought Regent Street was ‘saturated’ with arcades, the committee approved by a one-vote majority the establishment of two more.

Assuming they opened, it would mean there would be six in the street.

n Two police officers pursued a 15-year-old motorcyclist at nearly 80mph.

A presentation was made to Tawny Owl Mrs. Joyce Marshall (centre left) who has been with the 2nd Wor

A presentation was made to Tawny Owl Mrs. Joyce Marshall (centre left) who has been with the 2nd Worle Brownie Pack since it was formed three years ago and who is leaving the district. Making the presentation is Brown Owl Mrs. Eileen Cook. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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The pair were commended at Weston Juvenile Court for their ‘tenacity and courage’.

The ‘hair-raising chase’ began at Bleadon and ended in Weston.

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The two officers noticed the bike was not displaying a rear light – the boy riding the machine would not stop and a high-speed race was started.

The boy admitted to driving dangerously, failing to stop when requested, driving under age, driving without a licence and insurance.

Members of the choir at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare, waiting for instruction from their new cho

Members of the choir at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare, waiting for instruction from their new choirmaster Philip Rogerson. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

He was fined £25 in total and was disqualified from driving for two years.

n The future of an old telephone exchange in Nailsea was up in the air for six weeks as plans to convert it into a nursery school were debated.

The Long Ashton Rural District Council’s housing committee decided to ask the county council whether it intended to set up a nursery school in the area.

Other considerations made included turning the old building into flats.

Mr. Philip Rogerson, the newly appointed organist and choirmaster at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mar

Mr. Philip Rogerson, the newly appointed organist and choirmaster at Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare, picture with his children Julie and Michael. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Eric Lee, engineer and surveyor, said: “This building is in rather poor condition and I would not like to see it standing for more than about five years without a substantial amount of repair.”

n Cheddar homeowners raised some concerns about a ‘hazardous’ junction in the village, saying it was particularly worse in the summer months when tourists came to the area.

They called for something to be done to improve the junction of Tweentown and Cliff Street.

Gough’s Garage employee, Paul Croucher, said: “From where I work I see many near accidents and minor accidents, and I am surprised that, as yet, nobody has been killed.

Children enjoying the snow on Weston seafront. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Children enjoying the snow on Weston seafront. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

“In the summer there is chaos as holidaymakers have no idea who has the right of way. Some even think the island is a roundabout.”

Coranation estate residents picking their way through the snow near, St. Barnabas Church. Pictur

Coranation estate residents picking their way through the snow near, St. Barnabas Church. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

The Milkman's white world was even whiter as a result of Thursday's snowfall. Picture: WESTON ME

The Milkman's white world was even whiter as a result of Thursday's snowfall. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

In the half light of Thursday morning Miss Mary Butterford digs her car out after it had become stuc

In the half light of Thursday morning Miss Mary Butterford digs her car out after it had become stuck opposite Worle's picturesque Magnolia Cottage. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Front Page 21st February 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 21st February 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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