Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: Nostalgic pictures from June 9, 1967

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2017

Dominating the list of award winners at the annual prize giving for nurses at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital was a local girl, Miss Valerie Griffiths. Valerie took the top prize, the gold medal. she also gained four other major awards - the chairman's prize, the bedside nursing prize, the surgery prize, and the senior nursing examination award (theory). Valerie's namesake, Miss Joyce Griffiths (no relation) won the silver medal. Valerie and Joyce are pictured (front and centre) with their nursing colleagues.

Dominating the list of award winners at the annual prize giving for nurses at Weston-super-Mare General Hospital was a local girl, Miss Valerie Griffiths. Valerie took the top prize, the gold medal. she also gained four other major awards - the chairman's prize, the bedside nursing prize, the surgery prize, and the senior nursing examination award (theory). Valerie's namesake, Miss Joyce Griffiths (no relation) won the silver medal. Valerie and Joyce are pictured (front and centre) with their nursing colleagues.

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A wicked witch of Weston-super-Mare was included in a historical column of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here are the other stories the paper included.

Four competitors in the fancy dress competition at Badgworth Rectory fete, Tina Savage (cricketer), Carol Cox (gipsy), Karon Payne (hula girl) and Tina Sweet (bride).Four competitors in the fancy dress competition at Badgworth Rectory fete, Tina Savage (cricketer), Carol Cox (gipsy), Karon Payne (hula girl) and Tina Sweet (bride).

Work could soon begin to restore one of Weston’s theatres to its former glory, it was announced.

Weston Borough Council was given the go-ahead to build the new Playhouse Theatre, which had been destroyed in a fire.

Weston-super-Mare and District Sunday School Union awards preasentations at Boulevard Congregational Church. Alex Burton of Wrington, receiving from Miss N.H. Corby a prize for full marks in the scripture examination.Weston-super-Mare and District Sunday School Union awards preasentations at Boulevard Congregational Church. Alex Burton of Wrington, receiving from Miss N.H. Corby a prize for full marks in the scripture examination.

A public enquiry into the council’s spending had been held, but the Government Minister for Housing and Local Government agreed the authority could borrow £141,000 for the £218,000 project.

* Birnbeck Pier’s centenary was celebrated with an evening cruise and re-enactments.

An exhibition held at the Gaumont Theatre, Weston-super-Mare,  gave publicity to the work undertaken by the local B.P. Scout Guild, in helping scouts in the area. Mr J. Gray talking about the Guild to George Wingrove, Paul Holford, Martyn Smith, David Prouse and Leigh Daniels.An exhibition held at the Gaumont Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, gave publicity to the work undertaken by the local B.P. Scout Guild, in helping scouts in the area. Mr J. Gray talking about the Guild to George Wingrove, Paul Holford, Martyn Smith, David Prouse and Leigh Daniels.

People dressed in Victorian-style clothes, similar to what people would have worn when it opened in 1867.

* The historical section of the paper told the story of Patty Parsons, who lived in Kewstoke in 1810 and was thought at the time to be a witch.

The Old Pier's centenary celebration this week included a parade and dancing in period costumes.The Old Pier's centenary celebration this week included a parade and dancing in period costumes.

Historians wrote at the time how she bewitched a man’s cheese and bread when he offended her.

Even big landowners, such as the Pigott family, were seemingly afraid of what she could do with her powers.

The Old Pier's centenary celebration this week included a parade and dancing in period costumes.The Old Pier's centenary celebration this week included a parade and dancing in period costumes.

Orders were passed down to servants that they must always give her meals and a basket of food when she visited them.

* Yatton Parish Council unanimously decided a £5,000 youth centre could be built on its land by Somerset County Council.

Wreckage of the helicopter which crashed within 30 yards of the  Long Cross housing estate at Felton. Three Army personnel died.Wreckage of the helicopter which crashed within 30 yards of the Long Cross housing estate at Felton. Three Army personnel died.

* Weather-wise, Weston had experienced the wettest May in 21 years.

* An athletics contest was held at RAF Locking where apprentice Patteson smashed the station’s 100m record of 10.1 seconds by running it in 9.8 seconds.

Wreckage of the helicopter which crashed within 30 yards of the  Long Cross housing estate at Felton. Three Army personnel died.Wreckage of the helicopter which crashed within 30 yards of the Long Cross housing estate at Felton. Three Army personnel died.

He was helped by the wind at his back, however.

* Gates were torn off, a holiday camp sign thrown down, a shelter damaged and window smashed in a spate of vandalism in Brean.

Ads 9th June 1967 Edition.Ads 9th June 1967 Edition.

The incidents had all taken place over the bank holiday weekend, and parish councillors were calling for more supervision by the police.

* Sidcot School opened its £138,000 extension.

Front Page 9th June 1967 Edition.Front Page 9th June 1967 Edition.

* There would be no more quarrying in Webbington, a Government minister decided.


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