- The 1991 Snow
Lots of talk of the current ‘Snow Event’ being bigger/more/worstest since 1991. Who remember the 1991 show? It was a cracker.
I lived in central Brum and it was before New St was pedestrianised so we were used to 4 lanes of thundering traffic speeding down the main shopping street. Instead it was foot deep and silent, we went down to the rag market which had been abandoned and picked up some apple crates and used them to set up a stall try and sell finely crafted snowballs to anyone else brave enough to venture down there.
My girlfriend-of-the-time’s dad was one of the truck drivers stuck on the M6 for days on end. And a bunch if my fellow students were amongst the 100s of people snowed into the the ‘Clothes Show Live’ at the NEC over night. One had to share a bench with Jazzy B.Posted 9 years agoStonerSubscriber
I was 15 at boarding school.
Massive snowball fight out on college pitches – imagine 300 kids, armed to the teeth. Towels wrapped round your neck and tucked into coat collars to prevent getting “filled” 🙂 I think I even went out in my hockey keeper’s helmet because I was a super-wuss 🙂Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
I grew up just outside of St Helens too 🙂 I think 81 or 82 was the best snow I’ve seen, and I was bearly old enough to remember (either 0.5 or 1.5 years old) – I dont remember much other than being taken into the full size igloo my brothers had built in the front garden. And then again in 86 I think, when we had a good few feet.
School still ran. People still went to work. Not sure what’s different these days.Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
In 82/83 (or was it 81/82) I was about 7 and I was up to my chest in snow in Herefordshire. My mum needed something from the local shop (1/2 mile away) so she wrapped us all up to walk out there but we had to turn back at the end of the road because it was snowing too hard. Couldn’t see, could hardly walk.
People were sledging and skiing down the main street into town. Great 🙂Posted 9 years agoSandwichSubscriber
The 87 snows in Suffolk were good as the A14/45 filled just outside Felixstowe. Snow ploughs working 24 hours to keep the road open for a week. When I finally got to escape the snow was taller then the container wagons on the road. Temperatures were crisp too at -15 with windchill. Nightshifts were cold with internal temperatures of -5!Posted 9 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
No,no,no,no,no,no…that was the big frost.
1981 was pretty bad.
The big snow was in 1947.
Apparently it was so deep our ancestors had dug tunnels connecting all the houses. It even covered the upstairs windows in some parts.
I once rented a room off an old chap called Bill. He remembered the great snow of 47′. When questioned on these tunnels he replied…”Load of bollocks”.Posted 9 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
i remember the appeals put out on local radio for 4×4 drivers to take food to stranded motorists on the M5/M42
not a patch on the big freeze a few years ago, no gritters, took 3 hours to do a 35 minute journey and many people slept in their cars/offices because of the total gridlock around BrumPosted 9 years agoThe Sanity AssassinSubscriber
ourmaninthenorth – Member
Yep, early 80s snow was where it was at.
My best friend’s dad camne home from having been out for a run. He was running along the road (as he thought), when he realised he was running ove cars that had been abandoned!
Absolute bolllocks.Posted 9 years ago
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