Snow of '63

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Nick Weall on November 28, 2010

The great freeze of 62/63 and the exact time I joined the army ~ I remember that we had many people staying in the Town Hall in Shaftesbury that we rescued from their vehicles on the A30 on the Salisbury side a couple of days after Christmas. I then went to Beachley Head near Chepstow where the Severn and Wye rivers were frozen over and the snow really deep ~ Brr ~ Thanks for the memory and a nice shot of course too ~ I like it :)

Theolfa on December 5, 2010

That was the first winter of my married life away from my family. My husband had to live in at the hospital so I was alone, except for Anne & her baby who lived upstairs. Her husband also lived in at the hospital. We tried melting snow to make tea, but the 'water' was inky black. The city sent trucks with water tanks to provide water for those with frozen water pipes. The the ice & snpw melted and the pipes burst causing Anne's bathroom to flood so heavily that tons of water came through my ceiling. We both had to go home to our parents til things were fixed. Great photo, Rosa, reminds me of Maurice Utrillo's paintings. Cheers! Theolfa

Andy Rodker on May 25, 2012

Sorry, I jumped in a bit on this, but a really nostalgic and nice shot (you inherited rather than acquired your skills then, Neil!!). Like. Best wishes, Andy (I agree about the Utrillo!)

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 25, 2012

Andy Rodker

Hi Andy, this is my fathers shot :-) The snow soon got much worse than this! He was foreman/manager of the glove factory at the time.

Cheers, Rosa.

Andy Rodker on May 25, 2012

How did I misread that!!! I originally thought it was your father's shot Rosa and posted comments accordingly (and also on a post to Neil)..

I then thought ""Doh!!"", I've got it all wrong and so went back and deleted the posts and started again, this time obviously all wrong!

I'm not doing very well today; I should have stayed in bed!

Neil is going to have to send for the men in the white coats again!! (with reference to a previous thread with him !!). I will wait and see what he comes up with! Or perhaps he will lose patience with me alltogether after this!

Best wishes, Andy

Andy Rodker on May 25, 2012

Also, Rosa, I normally look at the map. This time I didn't!

I would have been able to say to myself: "Rosa country, not Neil country!"


Best wishes, Andy

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 25, 2012

Don't worry Andy we have all done this as well. Sometimes I could kick myself for being daft!! Not that I'm saying you're daft :~/

We have had a lovely sunny week here and long may it last. The Olympic flame has been travelling through the westcountry. Some great pictures in the papers. Have a great weekend. Rosa.

Andy Rodker on May 25, 2012

Thank you for being so nice about it, Rosa, :o)

Glad about the weather. Late spring here too. it is all doing its thing in the space of 2 weeks instead of 6!

In one of the Spanish newspapers was a picture of the harbour front in Penzance! I thought; "why?".

The answer was that the Olympic torch was passing through. It was actually quite a nice photo of it! Then someone kindly gave me a copy of last Saturday's Telegraph and exactly the same photo was there in the Travel section. Probably a sindication of some sort!

Best wishes, Andy

Free Wheels on May 27, 2012

What a winter, we didn't miss a days school either, coal fires in the classrooms in those days. I do remember the back of Portsmouth harbour froze and we could walk across it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. L & YS

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 28, 2012


You just can't imagine a harbour freezing...not in this country! Those of us of a certain age have great memories of that winter! I remember queueing up at a local farm for milk on several occasions...that farm now has several shops and a housing estate on it :-(

Thanks for your L&F.

All the best, Rosa

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