The Winter of 1946-7 in Blackpool - March 1947.
The White Cliffs of Blackpool, March 1947. Snow drifts and
frozen sea built a glistening white wall on the sands near Central Pier during
this weeks blizzard.
& Herald, 1st March 1947.
This match is on
there is another heavy snowfall, the Blackpool-Bolton Wanderers match at
Bloomfield road will be played this afternoon, writes
inches of snow after the midweek blizzard had thawed to less than three
inches last night.
snowplough may clear the pitch this morning, but if the snow is only an inch
or two deep it will be left on to protect the frozen turf.
Blackpool expect to field the
selected team, which has played in the last two, games.
BLACKPOOL: Wallace; Shimwell;
Sibley ; Farrow; Hayward; Johnston; Nelson, Munro; Mortensen, Dick and
WANDERERS: Hanson; Roberts; Atkinson; Gillies; Hamlett; Forrest; Woodward,
Moir, Lofthouse, Westwood (or Howe) and Wrigglesworth.
Blackpool "A" (v Burnley “A” at
Thorpe: Rigby; Wright; Hearne;
Harper, Fenton; Lawrence; Doherty; Smith; Sowden and Eastwood
Blackpool Reserve are without a
match. They should have played at Liverpool, where there is a Cup
Clearing snow in Talbot Square, Blackpool, the last week of February
Blackpool Gazette & Herald 1st
HAVOC BY BLACKOUT HOOLIGANS
HOOLIGANISM in the blackout at
Blackpool as resulted in damage running into many hundreds of
Blackpool Police are investigating. The
Chief Constable (Mr. H.Barnes) told a "Gazette & Herald" reporter, "It
is not all attributable to theblackout.” He
added that he blamed it on people who were irresponsible members of the
Blackpool Transport department
reports the following incidents:
Window panes damaged in bus shelters.
Electric bulbs stolen and damaged.
Shelter seats broken.
Electric time clock in a bus shelter
Promenade seats placed across tram
The Transport Manager (Mr.W. Luff) said
the damage was not confined to the centre of the town. It extended to most
of the outskirts. "It has been a serious thing
for the department," he observed.
"Apart from the difficulty of replacing
windows that have been broken there is also the problem of having to employ
men a time when labour is badly needed to carry out repairs," he
"The most serious incidents have been
the placing of seats across tram tracks, If this kind of think had not been
discovered we might have had serious accidents."
"This wave of hooliganism has developed
during the blackout," he declared.
Blackpool Gazette &
Herald 8th March 1947.
Some snow: Rising day temperatures
BLACKPOOL has had 45.9 hours of sunshine during the week.
Rainfail was 0.11 inches, Highest shade temperature was 39deg.
(4 degr. Celcius), and there was frost every night, with
24deg. (-4.5 deg. Celcius) of ground frost on the
afternoon snow started falling heavily in Blackpool. The fall
continued intermittently last night.
|The River Wyre frozen at Cartford
Bridge, the first weekof March, 1947.
Blackpool Gazette & Herald 15th
FOUGHT THE BLIZZARDS
ESTIMATED FALL OF SNOW, 22 inches.
Transport was kept
Blackpool's battle with the snow
has been raging on and off since January.
An army of 500 men, with 50 lorries, five
snow ploughs and several tank wagons, under the command of Mr. H.C. Lighten,
Director of Cleansing, have attacked an estimated fall of 22
the department, assisted by men of the highways department, with several
unemployed, have been standing at the ready every day to keep the main
streets clear for essential transport.
tram routes, entrances to coal depots and industrial centres, have had
sooner had they cleaned up the town than snow fell again, and they had to
start the battle all over again. "Thousands of tons of snow have been carted
away and dumped into the sea," Mr.Lighten told a "Gazette & Herald"
reporter. "It is impossible to compute what the battle will cost the town,"
he said, "but the job had to be done or things would have been chaotic. The
work has, of course, been carried out as economically as
"Whilst, Blackpool has been
sleeping," said Mr. Lighten, "the men have been working through the night to
keep the roads clear for the trams and buses.” Tank wagons have poured
hundreds of gallons of sea water along the centres of all the main routes
and snow ploughs had to be brought out, "All the bus and tram routes were
thoroughly ploughed. There were a number of drifts."
Referring to the 4in, fall of snow
on Wednesday evening, Mr.Lighten said that had it continued through the
night instead of turning to rain there would have been at least a 16in.
fall. Conditions on Thursday would have been worse than they were. And they
were bad enough, "The rain, following the snow added to the problem, as
we had to get rid of the water as well as the snow," said Mr.
SNOW AND RAIN
to get the channels and gullies clear to run off as much water as
possible.”Our task would have been a little easier if shopkeepers and
householders had co-operated. "Many were so inconsiderate as not to make any
effort to clear their fronts of snow, which is an offence against the
by-laws, and some of those who did simply piled it into the gutter, blocking
up channels and flooding the roadways and pavements!"
Lighten paid a tribute it all the workmen for the way in which they tackled
the job. "Many had to be called from their beds to go on night operations,
which they did with a will.
blackout did not help matters, but they worked splendidly."
Gazette & Herald 15th
WEEKS TO EASTER, AND BLACKPOOL
IS GETTING READY
FOR THE HOLIDAY
mid-March, 1947. A painter gives a touch of colour to a shop in The
A boarding house in Warley
Road, Blackpool, mid-March 1947. Mrs.A.Coleclough hangs her
curtains again after a thorough clean, in readiness for Easter
YES, everybody is
confident that the crowds will come in spite of travel difficulties and in
spite of shortages of this and that.
when they come they will find that Blackpool is still Blackpool, although it
has not been possible to do all the decorations and improvements calling to
town may be without a new Easter Bonnet, but everything has been done to
brighten up last year's model. They have been busy this week, and
will be busy right up to the eve of the holiday in getting ready.
Blackpool Promenade mid-March 1947. Coxwain W.R.Parr will be
the mechanised boatman this year. He has already painted this bren gun carrier
and is now adding steps and seats ready to carry Easter visitors to the boats.
Some will be sorry that this will replace the horse-drawn boat carts which have
been a familiar feature in Blackpool's beach scene for years, but time tractors
Mr & Mrs Herbert
Dixon and their two boys, Gordon and Brian, pictured at Central Station,
Blackpool, February, 1947. They were leaving for their new home
in South Africa. Mr Dixon was an ex-member of Blackpool Police Force. The
winter of 1947 was one of the reasons given for the
emigration of thousands of British people, particularly to Australia.
The Big Freeze of 1947 -
The Big Freeze of 1947 - February