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 Post subject: Summer 1976 - heatwave memories
PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 am 
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With this UK heatwave set to continue for another week, I was thinking back to the really hot summer in 1976.

My memories are it was the year I left school.

There were nearly stand pipes in the Plymouth streets to ration water.

It didn't rain between (approx) late May and late August. Fans at Home Park singing "singing in the rain" on a Saturday afternoon game as rain arrived. Not checked- was it v Notts County in the old 2nd Division?

There was (of course) a long running hose pipe ban.

People advised to share baths to reduce demand for water.

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The plague of giant ladybirds of up to two centimetres in length. I remember a day out at Butlins, Clacton and they clearing away the dead ones by the shovelful.


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Saw a shoal of mackerel at Lopwell Dam!!! Crazy stuff.

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I was married on March 6th.


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Did my O Levels in Saltash in all the heat.


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I remember the standpipes in Tavistock. And the two weeks we had on holiday in South Wales ( my dad called in sick for a week), and a crab bit my toe. 'kin Welsh. We walked up Snowdon (I was 7, my sister 9) on the promise we would get the train back down. Dad saw the price when we got to the top, and we walked the whole frickin' way back down again.

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We moved into the house my mum still lives in, in Bodmin Road Whitleigh, back in 1976 (I was 6 then). I remember when I first saw the house: actually, what I remembered more than anything is all the people sunbathing out on the field outside our home. It was soooo hot.

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Bermudian Green wrote:
I remember the standpipes in Tavistock. And the two weeks we had on holiday in South Wales ( my dad called in sick for a week), and a crab bit my toe. 'kin Welsh. We walked up Snowdon (I was 7, my sister 9) on the promise we would get the train back down. Dad saw the price when we got to the top, and we walked the whole frickin' way back down again.

He's a Bristol Rovers fan.


Which proves that karma is a thing.


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2018. I was shocked to see the brown and dead grass at Babbacombe yesterday before the Torquay game. I always remember the front at Babbacombe having lush green grass.

Elsewhere around Plymouth dead leaves are on the ground as though it's autumn as the trees struggle with the lack of rain.
Crazy.


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Lundan Cabbie wrote:
The plague of giant ladybirds of up to two centimetres in length. I remember a day out at Butlins, Clacton and they clearing away the dead ones by the shovelful.



Those were the days eh London Cabbie. The giant ladybirds. Must make you nostalgic.


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2018. I was shocked to see the brown and dead grass at Babbacombe yesterday before the Torquay game. I always remember the front at Babbacombe having lush green grass.

Elsewhere around Plymouth dead leaves are on the ground as though it's autumn as the trees struggle with the lack of rain.
Crazy.



Dead leaves on the ground in Plymouth? A month without rain? Whatever next?


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Balham_Green wrote:
PL2 3DQ wrote:
2018. I was shocked to see the brown and dead grass at Babbacombe yesterday before the Torquay game. I always remember the front at Babbacombe having lush green grass.

Elsewhere around Plymouth dead leaves are on the ground as though it's autumn as the trees struggle with the lack of rain.
Crazy.



Dead leaves on the ground in Plymouth? A month without rain? Whatever next?


Grow up.


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