PICTURE PAST: May 9, 1969 – Multi-million-pound telephone exchange prepares to go live
PUBLISHED: 15:56 08 May 2019
Weston’s multi-million-pound automatic telephone exchange was set to formally open remotely. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
Potholes were becoming a problem in one village 50 years ago.
The potholes in Wick Lane, in Brent Knoll, were getting deeper, the parish council was told.
- The new £530,000 automatic telephone exchange at Weston was set to be formally opened by remote control from a hotel almost a mile away.
The 'long distance' opening was to be performed by the mayor, Cllr P F Hess from the Grand Atlantic Hotel.
Sixty guests were expected to be present to represent the townspeople and those who built and equipped the new exchange which was located by the library in Boulevard.
It cost £100,000 to build - more than £1.6million in today's money - and a further £430,000 - or £7million - to install the automatic equipment.
The new exchange replaced two manual exchanges, one at the Head Post Office serving 2,600 subscriber and the other in the Boulevard which served 5,300 people.
- A Weston bricklayer died in Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol, after falling more than 10ft from a parapet at the Gateway supermarket in Yatton.
The man, who was in his 50s, was working on extensions to the High Street building and was inspecting brickwork when he fell.
- The 'vicious and unprovoked assault' of a young man in Cheddar Gorge was heard at Axbridge magistrates.
A 19-year-old pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm for the crime.
The victim had been visiting the village on a youth rally and was walking through the gorge when another group of youths approached.
The defendant reached out and attacked the victim, 'seizing him around the waist, dropping him and struck him a violent blow on the nose'.
- One man died after a van left the road near a hump-back bridge and crashed into a deep pond.
The occupants of the van had been travelling on Hutton Moor Road to attend a party when the crash took place.
One person was charged with taking and driving a van without the owner's consent and death by dangerous driving - for which he pleaded not guilty.
The deceased was a passenger in the van, which was thought to be travelling too fast down the narrow road.
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