It’s snow joke – when the white stuff hit Fylde

On the ice in the sandhills, in St Annes, 1952

On the ice in the sandhills, in St Annes, 1952

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This winter has been unseasonably warm so far, with daffodils blooming as far north as Ayr.

But in these photos, from the Lytham St Annes Express and The Gazette archives, it’s a very different story.

St Annes Square, undated

St Annes Square, undated

Given temperatures are predicted to continue in double figures this week, these are snowy scenes we are unlikely to see this winter.

Over the years, things have been a little colder in Fylde.

In 1929, in St Annes, the frost was so severe the sea froze over and 1940 saw a rare heavy snow fall.

In 1947, the whole of the Fylde coast suffered a harsh winter and big freeze, with snowdrifts of up to 8ft in some areas.

St Annes Promenade, 31.12.70

St Annes Promenade, 31.12.70

While in 1952, people were even able to play ice hockey in sand dunes at Fairhaven. The pictures show local residents taking to the ice in the sandhills and snowy scenes in Ashton Gardens that winter.

A big snow-fall hit the resort in December 1955, as this photo of people skating on Clifton Drive shows.

In February 1979, it certainly was a deep freeze for the Fylde, as temperatures in Lytham and St Annes dropped to among the coldest in the world.

In the coldest winter since 1969, the mercury plummeted to an unbelievable minus 11 degrees Centigrade – making the Fylde even colder than Russia, Iceland and Switzerland.

St Annes Promenade, 1979

St Annes Promenade, 1979

Of course, a covering of the white stuff always means fun for children, as this 1985 picture shows – youngsters line up their sledges ready to enjoy playing in the snow.

Lytham in the snow, December 1994

Lytham in the snow, December 1994