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Reader letter: Snow never stopped our school

PUBLISHED: 15:50 01 January 2018

In the harsh winter of 1947, German PoWs were assigned to help clear roads in Norfolk.

In the harsh winter of 1947, German PoWs were assigned to help clear roads in Norfolk.

Archant

In the EDP last week there was a picture of some German prisoners of war digging the snow away in 1947.

This picture was taken at Redgate Hill, Hunstanton, and the prisoners of war came from a camp down on Snettisham beach where they were waiting to be repatriated back to Germany.

Redgate Hill was all twists and turns in those days so the road got blocked every time it snowed.

That year (1947) it snowed in Norfolk nearly every day from January 24 right through to March 15. On February 11 we had the worst snowstorm of the year with roads and railways in Norfolk being completely blocked.

I lived in Dersingham at the time and although we had a lot of snow and drifts I never missed a day off school, and we walked home and back again at lunch time, three-quarters of a mile.

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