It was snow joke back in the winter of 1968
IN WINTER 1967, our family lived in a hamlet on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.
I remember one snowy day when the weather was so bad that despite the gallant efforts of dad and myself I couldn't get to school.
By the following year we were on the Willows Estate and were reliably told – I think by my aunt and uncle – that "We don't get much snow in Grimsby". How wrong they were!
I recall a snowy season and a trip with grandma to see The Sound of Music in a cinema off Freeman Street, probably the Tower Cinema that used to be near the Kent Arms.
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Another day saw dad in the garden listening to the radio (powered by PPII batteries) and hearing of how snow had meant just five first-class football fixtures were taking place, almost a record low.
I seem to think that dad was keeping an eye on the weather as he was having to make a journey to East Anglia.
We had no TV then so there were no Paul Hudson-type figures to dazzle us with impressive graphics.
Not that as a child you bothered with weather forecasts, just mothers who'd ensure you were wrapped up well as you walked or played in the snow.
Other winter memories of that year were a snowman made by our neighbours, the Blyths, and a photograph taken on the corner of Cromwell Road/Roseveare Avenue showing the effect of the snow.
No winter weather warnings, no AA to tell us not to travel – not that the latter would have meant anything as our modes of local travel were bus, bike and good old shank's pony.
I wonder what today's children will remember of January 2013?