Winter snows

Bottesford 1960s, 70s and 80s

By David Middleton

Despite ‘global warming’ the last 60 years have witnessed some of the worst winters on record – 1947; 1963 and 1979

1947 was the snowiest winter ever recorded.  Blizzard conditions cut off large parts of the country and when the thaw finally came, it brought record floods.

1963 recorded low temperatures with frozen rivers and sea.

1979, the so-called political ‘Winter of Discontent’, saw savage snows and frosts made worse by the strikes, power cuts, and fuel shortages.

The photographs show the first snow plough to arrive after heavy snowfall isolated Bottesford from the outside world two days in the second week of February 1979. One bonus was that in the pre-bypass days the village enjoyed the tranquillity of traffic free conditions.

1987 was also a severe winter with the local schools closed for four days in the first week back after Christmas. The children enjoyed an extended holiday that year.

Please do get in contact if you have other photographs of Bottesford winters.

This page was added on 06/01/2008.

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