1967 Blizzard

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The Blizzard of ‘67


On Friday 8th December 1967, a cold northerly wind, the product of a polar low, produced a severe blizzard. The depth of snowfall was only 18 inches but strong winds created drifts many feet deep.


The Coastal strip bore the brunt of the weather and the steep hills in and out of Ovingdean and Rottingdean made access impossible.


Trapped passengers from vehicles were rescued and brought into the village. Some 340 men, women and children were accommodated at The White Horse Hotel and a further eighty people were spread around other venues in the village.


It took four days to clear the coast road of abandoned traffic!

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Coast Road chaos
Coast Road chaos

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Rottingdean Crossroads looking northwest
Rottingdean Crossroads looking northwest

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Rottingdean Crossroads
Rottingdean Crossroads

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Coast Road chaos
Coast Road chaos

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