Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The drought of 1976
When I visited Pitsford Water last summer it looked like the picture below. But the picture above shows how it looked in the summer of 1976.
A BBC News page remembers the drought of 1976. My own strongest memory of that summer is of a coach trip to York.
The fields we passed were burnt up and there was fodder put out for the animals. And there were posters all across South Yorkshire trying to recruit men to the coal mining industry. (It was a long time ago.)
And on Sunday we shall see that at least one pop song was inspired by the drought.