Picture Past: December 20, 1968 – Weston to become marina town

The Three Kings in Corpus Christi School's Nativity play. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The Three Kings in Corpus Christi School's Nativity play. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Weston was among the Somerset towns set to become a marina town. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago this week.

Infants and parents with Father Christmas around the tree at the party held at Bleadon Infant Welfar

Infants and parents with Father Christmas around the tree at the party held at Bleadon Infant Welfare Clinic. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 high street shoppers signed a hospital petition in a bid to improve healthcare in the town centre.

The story was reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

People were asked whether they felt the town would benefit for a new hospital – a hot topic from the region half a century ago.

– Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald led headlines with the exciting news the resort was to be named a marina town.

Children taking part in a Nativity play at Congresbury Junior School. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Children taking part in a Nativity play at Congresbury Junior School. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant


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The ‘amazing’ seaside location was listed in a report by the Somerset County Planning Department recommending the building of a marina for outdoor water recreation.

Marinas were also recommended in Burnham, Portishead and Clevedon.

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– Police investigated the assault of a man who had been abandoned on Weston seafront.

A Swindon man had been stuffed into a car by a group of men and taken to the beach where he was slashed across the chest, arms and legs.

Westland Falcons who where runners up in the Youth Lye Cup Final against Southside. Picture: WES

Westland Falcons who where runners up in the Youth Lye Cup Final against Southside. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

A note was left, reading: “We warned you what would happen and we have kept our promise.”

He was rushed to Weston General Hospital by ambulance where he was later reported as being in a ‘satisfactory condition’.

– A North Somerset village fought to keep its school train after threats to cut a vital service returned.

For the second time this year, Yatton students faced being without a train to take them to Weston.

The Southside team who beat Westland Falcons 3-1 in the Youth Lye Cup Final. Picture: WESTON MER

The Southside team who beat Westland Falcons 3-1 in the Youth Lye Cup Final. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

British Rail was again planning to remove the 8.26am Yatton to Weston service from its timetable, as it had earlier in the year.

After vigorous protests, the plans had been dropped but only to resurface.

– Primary schools were referred to as the ‘Cinderella’ of the school building programme.

At the NW Somerset Divisional Educational Executive, it was said school conditions were ‘appalling’ in some places.

Pupils of Worle Junior School provided us with Christmas card by setting a scene from their Nativity

Pupils of Worle Junior School provided us with Christmas card by setting a scene from their Nativity play in a stable at Court Farm. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

There was also dismay at the dropping of primary school projects in Congresbury, Winscombe and in Locking from the 1969-1970 programme.

– More action to oppose the removal of soil from Brent Knoll should be taken, the village’s parish council agreed.

A petition which gathered more than 300 signatures was presented to the Axbridge Rural District Council to oppose plans to remove a portion of soil from the Knoll.

Weston Boys Grammar School end of term concert. St George (Stuart North) delivers a final blow to th

Weston Boys Grammar School end of term concert. St George (Stuart North) delivers a final blow to the six-legged dragon watched by the King of Egypt and his daughter, Father Christmas, Fool, Doctor and the Turkish Knight. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Ads 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Ads 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

Front Page 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 20th December 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY - Credit: Archant

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