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Looking back at the snow of 1987

Joanna Hollis looking down the Broadway towards the beach
Joanna Hollis looking down the Broadway towards the beach

It was the snow storm of the century, with the Island largely cut off as massive snow drifts blew in.

The white stuff was measured in feet not centimetres in 1987, and children had the times of their lives.

So it was with this in mind that reader Ron Sawyers became mildly amused by the panic which gripped the nation last week as services ground to a halt because of the snow.

For 76-year-old Ron and wife Bridget, of Nore Close, Sheerness, the fall was a mere sprinkle when compared with one particular previous storm.

They recall that winter, 22 years ago, when they were all but cut off by drifts surrounding their former home in Windmill Rise, Minster.

Bridget, now 72, is pictured in a snug snow outfit enjoying the a walk near Chequers Hill, Minster.

Ron said: “We both were unable to get to work because of the depth of the snow and I took the pictures when we decided to walk into the village to try and get bread and milk.

“It was very deep and buses were unable to get up Minster Hill, so the only way into Sheerness was to walk. We got by though, and certainly made the best of it.”

The couple recall the snow was up to 18in deep in some places.

KM Group picture services editor Barry Hollis, who used to work on the Times Guardian, remembers the storm vividly. He has dug out images from his personal collection, showing scenes that look more like the Arctic than the Island.

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