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Keith McLeod comments on Ron Watts memories of the winter of 1947

April 2012

Dear Editor

Memories of the Winter of 1947

Ron Watt’s memories of 1947 brought back my own. I am a few years younger than him, but remember the year well. I also took the opportunity to check on some of the statistics for the year, which are astounding. I hope Ron will not object to me climbing on his shoulders and adding to his memories.

I was living in Bedford during that year and I remember well going with my mother to the local gasworks and joining the long, long (but so well-behaved!) queues to fill our pram with coke – the only fuel we could get for our house fires and the cooking range and the scullery copper.

The summer was so hot, that when my Dad won

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