Sunday, 13 January 2013

Chilly billy.... 1963....

I was born in 1963.... earlier that year my parents got married (it was more than nine months before so that's OK ;) )
When my parents were married, there was still snow on the ground from one of the worst winters ever - the winter of 62/63.
The local news programmes are already starting to look ahead to the end of January when the 50th anniversary of the main cold snap will happen.
Reading some of the accounts of that winter, there are some extremes there. The lowest temperature in East Anglia was recorded at Santon Downham that year, a short drive from where I live, at minus nineteen...
There's a BBC magazine article which explores the legacy of those winters, and whether we have learned anything from them.
Fifty years on, are we worse prepared for an event like that ?
Has our resilience reduced rather than increased ?

Look at the steam train ploughing through the snow in this vintage film montage for example. Could today's trains do that ?


This would make a good enquiry topic as we get into the bad weather which is forecast for the next few days...

Are there local people who might be able to come in and talk about their memories of that winter. It's possible you have a current (or recently retired) member of staff who has memories....

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