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Winter 1947 photographs from the Watchet area of Somerset
Many thanks to Kevin Roscoe from Anglesey for supplying these photographs and information
Kevin writes of the 1947 winter
"The first three months of 1947 brought a paralysis of blizzard
and freeze...regarded by many as nature's dirty trick on war tired people,
on a country trying to struggle back to a semblance of peacetime conditions.
Many Exmoor people are disposed to rank this time as the bitter equivalent
of 1963, and to dispute the claim that the latter was "the winter
of the century". Certainly 1947 produced a longer period of freeze.
" The little bus on the photographs was driven by Arthur Priddle
from Lynmouth on January 28th,1947. He was caught in a blizzard on Porlock
Hill, with four passengers, Mr M.Clapp, a 70 year old man called Mr Walter
Byrns, a young woman Miss Goodwin, and Mr Snell of Exeter.
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