Nostalgia: Get your skates on! The big freeze of ‘40

The icy January conditions didn’t get the better of these brave lot in Cleckheaton.

A group of fun-loving adults decided to take advantage of the cold conditions back in 1940 to get their skates on and slide over Mann Dam – not without using each other for support, of course!

The winter of 1939-40 was the coldest for 45 years with a an average temperature of 1.5 celsius and contained one of the coldest months on record.

That January was recorded as the coldest month since 1895, with an average temperature of -1.4 degrees.

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