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"The Big Freeze" 50 Yrs ago

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JustJohn Report 6 Jan 2013 09:58

Weather forecast is for it to be colder before next weekend :-( :-(

Funny cos I remember thinking snow came very late in 63. My dad had a paper shop, we had 16 rounds to get out and papers did not arrive till about 10am (compared to usual 6am). And all paper boys went to school for 9am - no health & safety then. All schools remained open.

Customers were all as sympathetic as customers in Pwllheli Spar, so dad, me and the milkman (who managed to finish his milk round at 8am) all got stuck in and got all Sketches and Heralds and Morning Stars (plus Mirror, Mail, Express) out to our customers by 4pm.

I remember having no voice at all after the first of my 5 or 6 rounds, and it was very difficult to deal with all the complaints - usually, "I expect my paper before breakfast and will change my newsagent" :-( :-( The only reply they got from me was hot air :-D


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 6 Jan 2013 09:55

I was still at Primary School. We've got a photo of me and a friend leaning against an iceberg, and I can remember seeing them float down the river Medway.

The Welfare Officer said that our Village Primary School had better attendence rates for that period than the school in the nearest town. A different friend was brought to school on her father's tractor.

Wellie boots, wrap up warm, and we just got on with it, none of this namby pamby 2 inches and you don't send your children to school.

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 6 Jan 2013 09:54

Remember it only too well...
First winter on the West coast of Wales on sea front.
Had 4year old and 1 year old.The sea froze.Had been told how mild the climate was there.
Had to melt snow to boil up nappies on the Aga.
Relatives had come for Christmas and couldn't get back home for weeks.

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 6 Jan 2013 09:47

January 1963 coldest month of the 20th Century.

I remember it only too well, I got married January 19th that year.
Below is a Googled run down plus a Youtube video, for those fortunate to miss all the fun. :-)

January 1963...
Much of England and Wales was snow covered throughout the month. The country started to freeze solid, with temperatures as low as -19.4 °C at Achany in Sutherland on 11th. Freezing fog was a hazard for most of the country.

In January 1963 the sea froze for 1 mile (1.6 km) out from shore at Herne Bay, Kent, BBC television news expressed a fear that the Strait of Dover would freeze across. The upper reaches of the River Thames also froze over, though it did not freeze in Central London, partly due to the hot effluent from two thermal power stations, Battersea and Bankside: the removal of the old multi-arched mediaeval London Bridge, which obstructed the river's free flow, and the river embankments, make the river less likely to freeze in London than in earlier times (see River Thames frost fairs). The ice was thick enough in some places that people were skating on it. Icicles hung from many roof gutterings; some of these were as long as a metre (3 feet, 3 inches).

February 1963...
more snow came. It was also stormy with winds reaching Force 8 on the Beaufort scale (gale force winds).
A 36-hour blizzard caused heavy drifting snow in most parts of the country. Drifts reached 20 feet (6.1 m) in some areas and there were gale force winds reaching up to 81 mph (130 km/h). On the Isle of Man, wind speeds were recorded at 119 mph (191 km/h).

March 1963...
The thaw set in during early March; 6 March was the first morning of the year without any frost anywhere in Britain. The temperatures soon soared to 17 °C (62.6 °F) and the remaining snow rapidly disappeared.