11th January 1963
"Shop stewards representing the London power stations met on a day of
reduced voltage throughout the country and voted for " a more rigid
application" of the work-to-rule. Candles were ready on the table during
the meeting lest the worst should befall. Football pools were again
cancelled. Bristol harbour froze, and so did Britain's second fastest
flowing river - the Arun, in Sussex"
13th January 1963
"The C.E.G.B. asked housewives to postpone the morning's washing - or, at
least, the ironing until later in the week. Thousands of homes in the
London area were without electricity, among them Mr Charles Doyle's. The
Southern Region of British Railways announced there would be a 50 per cent
reduction of heating on its electric trains. Two more people died as a
result of the weather"
14th January 1963
"Three people were gassed after the frost had burst mains and 20 others were
taken to hospital. Workmen at three London power stations suspended their
work-to-rule campaign, but much of the city was still blacked out and the
Ministry of Works stopped the fountains in Trafalgar Square. Over 5000
children were sent home in Portsmouth, where twenty schools were closed
because of frozen lavatories. Seagulls were frozen into the water in Pole
As reported in the Manchester Guardian booklet "The Long Winter 1962-63"