Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: Nostalgic pictures from June 9, 1967
PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
* There would be no more quarrying in Webbington, a Government minister decided.
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