Dickson Road, December 14 1981

Snow pictures: How the bitter winter of 1981/82 gripped the Fylde Coast

It’s fair to say that January so far has been fairly mild - a far cry from the conditions on the Fylde Coast when winter hit with a vengeance in the early 1980s.

Many people will remember December and January of 1981 and 82 as the winter which brought heavy snowfall for this part of the UK. It doesn’t happen a lot but on this occasion the white stuff just kept on falling.
The severe cold began in early December and lasted until late January in 1982, and was one of the coldest Decembers recorded in the United Kingdom.
Delving into the archives, photos of that bitter winter are in abundance, scenes which have been rarely repeated.

Devonshire Road near the junction with Warren Drive, 1981
Devonshire Road near the junction with Warren Drive, 1981
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The remaining drifts of snow are cleared away from the surrounding track on Decemebr 30 1981. Blackpool FC and groundsman Cyril Robinson gives the grass a trim at Bloomfield Road.
The remaining drifts of snow are cleared away from the surrounding track on Decemebr 30 1981. Blackpool FC and groundsman Cyril Robinson gives the grass a trim at Bloomfield Road.
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PC Ian Dover keeps himself warm by shovelling snow from the roads near the front at Lytham 1982
PC Ian Dover keeps himself warm by shovelling snow from the roads near the front at Lytham 1982
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Church Street, Blackpool December 14, 1981
Church Street, Blackpool December 14, 1981
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