PICTURE PAST: March 21, 1969 – Dolphin Square’s covered market opens

Cathy Jones, Gillian Roynan, Jean Tutcher and Sue Topping in a scene from the play, The Diamond Toot

Cathy Jones, Gillian Roynan, Jean Tutcher and Sue Topping in a scene from the play, The Diamond Tooth, presented by Wrington and District Young Farmers at Churchill School. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A family of four escaped from their fire-torn home uninjured. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

Uniformed nurses who sold tickets for the raffle at the Weston Red Cross Ball, held at the Winter Ga

Uniformed nurses who sold tickets for the raffle at the Weston Red Cross Ball, held at the Winter Gardens Pavilion. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

The display model of a £90,000 swimming pool was proposed 50 years ago.

Members of the Burnham Works Committee decided a model of the proposed pool would be welcomed by the town.

Its chairman, Cllr R G Tregelles, said: “I think the scheme for the pool is an excellent one, and a lot of these doubters would be won over to our side if they could see a model.”

– A Cleeve family of four escaped unscathed when a fire destroyed their home – the Blue Moon Country Club.

Ellenborough Townswomen's Guild, Winners of the Festival Cup at Somerset Federation of Townswomen's

Ellenborough Townswomen's Guild, Winners of the Festival Cup at Somerset Federation of Townswomen's Guilds, in their production of Wine In A Venetian Goblet, with Rose Ward, Dot Wedlake, Marguerite Penn and Florence Hunt.Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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Alexander Buday and his wife Theresa fled in the night with their two children, aged 11 and eight, from the blaze which left their home in ruins.

All but a few blankets, pyjamas and slippers were lost in the fire.

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The 14-room club had undergone renovations when the family moved in last year but had ben gutted by the fire.

Mr Buday jumped out of the window and fell 15ft to the ground where he got a ladder to get his family down.

The Defendant (Mr. R.P. Chatterton), Plaintiff (Mrs. A. Fox) and Judge (Mr. J.H. Chatterton) in St P

The Defendant (Mr. R.P. Chatterton), Plaintiff (Mrs. A. Fox) and Judge (Mr. J.H. Chatterton) in St Peter's School production of Trial By Jury. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

– Brean Beach became a ‘race track’ on the weekend, a parish council meeting was told.

Mr R Sims told the meeting the guide posts were deliberately knocked down as cars raced down the beach at high speeds.

– Westonians were left disappointed when the recording of the Football League Cup final was cut short.

Screens in many households on the hillside went blank after a power cut and did not come back on until the game was almost over.

Girls' Brigade member Joyce Salvage receiving an award for first aid from Mrs. E.M. Griggs. Also pic

Girls' Brigade member Joyce Salvage receiving an award for first aid from Mrs. E.M. Griggs. Also pictured are Gillian Terrell, Jill Redman and Wendy Gathercole. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Disgruntled viewers missed little Swindon Town beat Arsenal.

It was thought the televised final could have been to blame.

An Electricity Board spokesman told the Mercury the trouble began when a mechanical digger near the new Weston Technical College site sliced through a high voltage cable.

– Highbridge residents were told they would not be getting a relief road.

Staff, parents and pupils co-operated in a production of Trial By Jury staged at St. Peter's School,

Staff, parents and pupils co-operated in a production of Trial By Jury staged at St. Peter's School, Weston. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 people signed a petition in November 1967 protesting against the route of a relief road.

– The covered market in Dolphin Square opened in Weston.

The ‘costly and ambitious venture’ covered 10,000 square feet and saw 45 traders selling their wares.

It was beneath the 10-pin bowling alley in the shopping precinct.

Ads 21st March 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 21st March 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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

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

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