• Short Summary

    BRITAIN SHIVERED AND SLITHERED INTO 1962, AS A BLANKET OF SNOW AND ICE COVERED MOST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    BRITAIN SHIVERED AND SLITHERED INTO 1962, AS A BLANKET OF SNOW AND ICE COVERED MOST PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.IN THE WEST END - THE TRADITIONAL GATHERING PLACE FOR LONDON'S NEW YEAR'S EVE REVELLERS - FAMOUS LANDMARKS WERE ALMOST DESERTED.REGENT STREET AND PICCADILLY CIRCUS ATTRACTED JUST A FEW HUNDRED, WARMLY WRAPPED BUT DETERMINED PEOPLE WHO DANCED THE NEW YEAR IN - AND AT THE SAME TIME KEPT THEIR FEET WARM.THE PROTECTIVE HOARDING ROUND THE STATUE OF EROS IN PICCADILLY CIRCUS WAS LEFT UNTOUCHED AND EXTRA POLICE HAD LITTLE TO DO BUT KEEP THEMSELVES WARM.

    THE SNOW THAT STILLED LONDON - SO CHILLED THE WORKS OF BIG BEN THAT ONE OF ITS FOUR FACES - THE NORTH ONE - WAS STOPPED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1947.THE 14FT.-LONG MINUTE HAND OF THE FAMOUS CLOCK PLOUGHED INTO A BUILD-UP OF FROZEN SNOW AND HEATERS WERE SWITCHED ON TO HELP IT CATCH UP.BUT LATER, ENGINEERS DECIDED TO PRE-SET THE NORTH FACE TO MIDNIGHT IN READINESS FOR THE NEW YEAR CHIMES.FEW REVELLERS HOWEVER, DECIDED TO CELEBRATE THE NORTH FACE "MIDNIGHT" AND THEN HAVE ANOTHER GO WHEN THE REMAINING THREE FACES "JOINED IN".

    IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE - WHERE IN RECENT YEARS CROWDS HAVE BATTLED WITH POLICE AS HIGH SPIRITS GOT OUT OF HAND - THE CROWDS WERE GREATLY REDUCED.THEY JOINED HANDS AND SANG "AULD LANG SYNE" ROUND THE NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS TREE.BUT THE NIGHT'S BITTER WEATHER FAILED TO STOP AN "INVASION" OF THE FOUNTAINS IN THE SQUARE.A HANDFUL OF REVELLERS DEFIED THE POLICE - AND THE WEATHER - DANCING ABOUT IN THE FOUNTAINS AND CALLING TO THEIR LESS ADVENTUROUS FRIENDS: "COME ON IN.IT F-F-F-FEELS FINE." SOME 130 WERE ARRESTED BY POLICE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7VRREK1KI4BPXN8S9BU75GHSN
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VRREK1KI4BPXN8S9BU75GHSN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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