Late in the Autumn of 1946 the weather was quite wet and there was a great deal of flooding. It was not a good period for the weather to give us a hard time, things were bad enough already.
Going into January 1947, as the month went on we all thought the winter would soon be over. But then there were a few wisps of snow. The street know-all told us it would soon melt and be gone so we did not worry.
Then there was more snow and then quite suddenly a lot. It was serious. The rationing did not give us much to eat but it became difficult to get even that. The railways were brought to a juddering halt and there was little or no road transport to carry the goods.
The power went off and more or less stayed off. This was made worse by many of the newly nationalised miners preferring to stay at home. And the snow kept coming right into March and it was only later that month that it began to go, rapidly.
Which meant we had all the flooding again.