It is nearly coming up to the 60th anniversary of one of the coldest winters in living memory – 1962/3.

These photos, taken at the junction of Boot Hill and Chickerell Road act as a reminder of the appalling conditions.

The first shows Northovers grocer’s van valiantly attempting to travel up the incline from the Fire Station whilst a Ford lorry makes its way back to Bird and Cox’s depot in Park Street. A Ford Zephyr and a Southern National Bristol bus make their way out of Chickerell Road.

Dorset Echo: Snow on Boot Hill, Weymouth in the winter of 1962/63Snow on Boot Hill, Weymouth in the winter of 1962/63

In the second photo the bus has managed to get down the slope. A South Western Farmers lorry makes its way towards Westwey Road and Tilleys faithful Morris Commercial breakdown lorry tows a Morris 1000 with a makeshift “On tow” sign back to their garage in Victoria Street A Minivan, and two cars attempt to come up the hill, whilst a cyclist views the scene somewhat apprehensively before attempting his journey.

Most, if not all, the companies operating the vehicles are no longer in existence.

How would the present population face these conditions?

School operated largely normally, notwithstanding the fact that the central heating system at Weymouth Grammar School broke down, and I can remember doing a class detention clad in coat, scarf and gloves! One classmate had visited relatives in Birmingham and was stuck there for two weeks. But we coped!