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