PICTURE PAST: July 25, 1969 – Summer carnival a success
- Credit: Archant
The Weston Mercury & Somerset Herald shared pictures from the first summer carnival in seven years – which raised hundreds of pounds for a hospital improvement scheme.
There was a surprise for authorities in Weston and Clevedon 50 years ago.
The House of Commons announced it considered the area between the two towns to be suitable to house a potential site for maritime industrial development. Among the plans was a deep-water port.
- More than 100 employees at the Weston factory of Westland Helicopters signed a petition asking for 'the proper reinstatement' of Winterstoke Road.
People in the road claimed holes left in the road following work done by the Gas Board created a hazard.
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The petition claimed the state of the road was causing repeated damage to employees' cars and the state of it was so bad it had become a danger to all users.
- There was a surprise for the Wrington Parish Council when it learned it would cost £4 - around £65 today - to have two street lamp bulbs replaced by the South Western Electricity Board.
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Peter Bennett said a parish councillor with a ladder 'could do the job for much less'.
- A Compton Bishop church was unveiled and blessed after a big makeover.
The village, which had only 450 parishoners, had raised £5,000 - around £81,000 now - in five years to do a much-needed refurbishment of the church which included a new screen. It was redecorated and the organ was moved to the west end of the church and rebuilt.
The chancel, where the organ once stood, was then restored to its original appearance from 700 years ago.
- The need for a separate day centre for the elderly in Worle was re-affirmed at the annual meeting of the Weston Old People's welfare committee.
The proposed site for the second centre was behind the rose garden, in High Street.
Chairman Mr E Crowe said it was a project he was keen to see developed and he appreciated the co-operation the committee had received from the council.
- Weston's first summer carnival for seven years raised more than £750 for the Weston Hospitals Improvements Fund.
The procession featured more than 60 entries and attracted a large crowd.
Mr F A Boyd, vice chairman of the carnival committee, said: "It was very successful and we were delighted with the number of entries and the response of the people."