When the weather outside was frightful

Do you remember when, in the words of the song, the weather outside was frightful?

Wednesday, 28th December 2016, 10:42 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 1:58 pm
Back in 1994, two youngsters were pictured taking it easy down Erskine Road.

Well, it was all a matter of opinion, of course, as heavy snowfall could either be scenic or a bit of a sickener.

If you were a child or young person, with time on your hands, the winter wonderlands of yesteryear (we don’t seem to get them anymore) were an adventure playground of endless possibilities.

Katie Ford and Kia Forster sledging in 1987.

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Here for a few days, then gone too quickly, taking with it the snowmen that we had spent so long lovingly crafted.

But for pedestrians and travellers, heading to and from work, the white stuff was far less welcome.

Slipping and sliding on pavements and roads was no fun, especially once the snow had hardened and turned into ice.

Today’s picture spread captures the best and the worst of the snow. I wonder what Katie Ford and Kia Forster remember of the times they played together on the Cleadon Hills in 1987? Dressed in their wintry warmest, they really look like they were having a ball sledging and snowballing.

Playing in Valley View Park in 1970.

Taking it a little easier were two youngsters who were making their way down Erskine Road, in South Shields.

Much less cautious were the two youngsters wrestling with their sledge in Valley View Park.

Katie Ford and Kia Forster sledging in 1987.
Playing in Valley View Park in 1970.