Big chill that froze Sussex to standstill

Brighton and Hove Albion fans get a slightly elevated view of the match by standing on slabs of frozen snow on the terraces Archive-407332.jpg

Brighton and Hove Albion fans get a slightly elevated view of the match by standing on slabs of frozen snow on the terraces Archive-407332.jpg

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For some reason, while basking in the wonderful Sussex sunshine last weekend, I found myself thinking back to another early-March time when the weather was of an altogether different nature.

I was living in Lewes in the winter of 1962-63 when the snow began to fall on Boxing Day 1963.

It never stopped snowing and then temperatures stayed so low that the ice and snow never thawed.

Hardly any outdoor sporting fixtures could be played before late in March and the county’s football and rugby programmes suffered a “white out” with match postponements far worse than have been suffered in Sussex through waterlogged pitches these past couple of months.

At senior level several ties in the FA Cup were rescheduled ten or more times.

A board known as the Pools Panel was constituted; results of postponed matches were adjudicated by it, for the sake of the Football Pools results (in those pre-Lottery days the pools were by far the nation’s favourite gamble). There was no horse racing in England between 23 December and 7 March inclusive, although a meeting at Ayr in Scotland went ahead on January 5.

And it was only a year or so earlier that Lewes and Uckfield had been visited by the worse flooding ever.

Climate change? Been there, bought the T-shirt. You lucky people!