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The Long Hot Summer – What do you remember Doing in the School Holidays ?

Been a little quiet on here for a while….

The Summer School Holidays are nearly upon us.

What do you remember about the summer holidays ?

What did you do ?

Where did you go ?

Tell us all about it.

1976 is most remembered for the great drought.

The Summer of 1976 was one of the best summers ever in the UK. London had a record June temperature of 95°F (we thought in Fahrenheit then!). We had a heatwave that went on for weeks and weeks. I can remember the ground cracking and the tar on the road melting. And yes, there was a hosepipe ban; but to a nine year old it seemed a small price to pay!

In some areas people had their water supply turned off for most of the day to conserve water. Hosepipe bans were across the country and even firemen in the New Forest were told not to put out forest fires.

My aunt struggled to recall just how long the school holidays were during the summer but had a strong feeling that they were less than six weeks! During each summer her family holidays were often based in boarding houses in places such as South Shields and Redcar. The fresh smell of the sea and teeth threatening sticks of rock are evocative memories. WB

  1. pat arckless re mcquillan
    July 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    remember neeshams side the bush we used 2 get rope from them and had a tarzan swing over the beck broughs was at bottom on the right i can remember we all made a dame and learnt to swim there bottle pop n jam sarnies that all we needed we wrere gone all day y parents didnt have 2 worry and a day trip 2 south shields wes ace we were lucky cos me grandma n grandad lived in scarborough so we allways had a lot of enjoyment at the sea side come on you lot get writing y letters on here and keep the good old days going you all have a tale 2 tell … i know we on about summer but can u remember carol singing i loved it there gain y cannot let y kids do it now y dont know half y neibours these days hope to hear from u all soon xxpat arckless re mcquillan xx

    • July 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Great Pat, thanks for sharing your memories, glad to see the Contributions are still coming.

      Sad to see there aren’t more tho…

  2. frank clarke
    July 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Do you remember the summer of 1955 Wilf when we had to get our water from the standpipe opposite number 47 whitehouse court? That was some hot summer regards Frank Clarke.

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