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Winter 1963

This article stresses the difference between winter now and 1963.

Just goes to show that the UK has been brainwashed with H&S and such like Kaz  

School closed? Never!!!

Heads attitude was, "If I can get in, so can the Staff and Pupils".

Doors opened at 9am. if you were early you waited in the playground.
11.00 break was taken outside, as was lunch and afternoon break.
Toilets were outside and you prefered a thud rather than splash. Splash = jump up quick and hope botty never got wet.
We sat in class in scarfs, gloves, outdoor coats. Milk, 1/3pt. was drunk even if it was like sucking an ice lolly.

Is that 'OUR' Christine quoted in the article???

I was at grammar school in Birmingham in 1963, and don't remember having any days off school, even though my school was about 10 miles and 2 bus rides away. you just got there by hook or by crook.

It was darned cold at home - we didn't have central heating, and the bedroom windows got frost on the inside, so I don't think I'd have been too keen to stay at home as a fire wasn't lit till the evening when everyone came home.

Baz and spot on you both are....    

My last year at school '63'....(for beter or worse, I'll say no more )

I was born during the big freeze so cant remember but i would say we are more inclined to take the easy option and just stay at home instead of getting on with dealing with the snow.

i can never rmember having anytime off from school due to bad weather or enything else. Even when part of my school got burnt down, we just moved into another classroom or library. Wouldn't happen now of course, H&S wouldn't allow it.


The river Towy in Carmarthen is freezing over today and I think that is the 1st time since 1963

We moved to where Grandma Bodger lives now in 1962. The snow came quite late on in the winter as i recall and then it froze solid.
We had 12 foot drifts right the way across the road and down to the next village where the school was. We walked to school across the tops of the drifts. Everyday we would come to a shear cliff face and down below us working with spades would be gangs of men pulled off the dole and set to work. It wouldn't happen now. It took them at least two weeks to clear the road.

As kids, we thought it was great and I well remember the old farmer next door telling us about the winter of 1948, when the drifts weren't 12 foot tall but actually went up to the eaves of the houses.
We went to school through out the winter of 62/63 Kids today don't know they're born

I was born in the summer off 62, and was told that I wasn't taken out of the house for the whole of the 62/63 winter.

It has ocurred to me lately that being kept indoors, and babysat by a neighbour who smoked like a row of chimneys may have had some effect on my asthma.

Truth is, I like snow, but hate cold air.  Aside of the usual wheezes, I've been getting spasms in my throat and chest in the cold air - indoors as well as out.

I was conceived during the winter of 1963!!! On Hogmanay to be precise!!  We didnt have any central heating and I think mum and dad had a wee dram too many and a snuggle under the bedclothes..I was a surprise to say the least as my mum was in her 40's. There now i wonder will there be a baby boom this autumn?? Love Lizzie

lizzie44 wrote:
I was conceived during the winter of 1963. There now i wonder will there be a baby boom this autumn?? Love Lizzie

"NOT in this house"              

Who needs contraception?

I don't. Scottie has a fool proof method.


Seabird wrote:
Is that 'OUR' Christine quoted in the article???

Yep tis me. This was the journalist who knew nothing about tractors (lost her on the grey fergie) and digging ourselves out to get ourselves to school.

She was in a hurry so didn't get the tale of feeding stock by wheelbarrow after bringing them down to the in bye fields - wonder what she would have made of the term in bye fields, known what a wheelbarrow was or asked what we fed them (well it wasn't home made stew missus).

There's a gulf between town and country as well as old and young when it comes to experience. Mind - the local bin men here have dug so many miles of pavements clear to get shops and bus stops available that I think that there is less of a gulf with some people now.

And just for the fun of it -  here's town as it was on New Year's morning 2010 - nice record of it even if it's the ice cream van man's that took them not me. Digital cameras have something to be said for them. Relatively little in comparison to other villages up in the hills roundabout.

Now that looks chilly. I recall news items in previous years of people getting seriously injured or even killed by those sort of icicles dropping on them

Thems some icicles pretty dangerous i would think
mrs tiggywinkle

I was 9 in 63 and remember playing in the snow. My father had a sheet metal works and made my brother and I sledges.....good idea BUT they were so heavy and virtually impossible to pull back up the hills or slopes!!!!!  
  The other thing I remember is WALKING across Lymm Dam. I.m sure H&S wouldnt let you do it today!!!!

Nice icicles. Or should I say nicicles??? Apparantly in some parts of Russia you are forced  by law to remove your icicles  in public areas as they have several deaths each year caused by falling ones. What a nasty way to go. Love Lizzie

That Beeb report brought back memories. I was working in London at the time and commuting from Andover - one of literally a handful. The trains were, of course, steam hauled and I don't remember once not being able to get to work; not on time perhaps but we did get through. The compartments in the carriages were freezing with ice on the inside of the windows. There was no heating because the steam from the engine which heated the train condensed in the pipe and then formed a plug of ice. At least the train back home had a bar to prop up against.

One day waiting for the train inthe morning the track men came along and shovelled the snow off the rails onto the platform, 5 minutes later the platform staff cleared the snow away by shovelling it back onto the rails!

I was 3 in 63 , my sister had just been born and I can clearly remember trying to walk, legs stretched out, in the tracks of the pram. Living on Portland we missed most of the snow. The Blizzards of 1978 when I was working on a farm in North Devon was a completely different matter.

I've just found this snippit to add to this thread. It gives you youngsters just an idea as to how bad the winter of 63 was. On this day in 1963 Britain had its first frost free night since December 22nd of the previous year.      

dont remember much, as i was born September '63. probably my fault

I was born in November '63 - my parens had two rooms in a house with shared kitchen and bathroom and only a small gas fire in the lounge - I suppose they had to do something to keep warm!

Also in March 1963.

22 March - The Beatles release the album Please Please Me.
27 March - Chairmen of British Railways Dr Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the UK's rail network.

In my best Vicky Pollard accent " Yeah but, no but.. Bazzer we're talking about the winter of 63"    


Felt sorry for the kids in Lower School.
Up to 4th. year they had to wear shorts.


My parents and my two brothers, my sister and myself (all of 15 months old) moved from Cardiff to Surrey that winter.  The new house (where I grew up) was at the top of a hill...  There were two removal lorries and neither of them could get up the hill. So the whole lot of us, including the removal men had to stay in a hotel for two days!  

I don't know how the hill was finally overcome, but we stayed there for 18 years.

We were living in Dorset on a Farm 2 miles from the village School, we usually walked to School but having to first climb over an 8ft drift My Mother couldn't get My youngest sisters Pram over so had a couple of days at Home until the Tractor cleared a way. I clearly remember a Starling frozen upside-down in an Ash Tree!.

OOh er!! Thats 3 of us born between Sept - Nov 1963!!! Perhaps we ought to get together in 2013 for a big party. Love Lizzie

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