1st January 1963
"Continuing blizzards over the South of England were described as the worst
for 82 years. (on January 18, 1881, according to legend, there was a 15ft.
snow drift in Oxford Circus). Dozens of villages were cut off and
helicopters were used to drop fodder and other supplies to isolated
communities in the West. One flight was made with milk and food for a
children's nursery in Dorset. More than 500 lorries from all parts of the
country were queuing for rock salt at a mine in Cheshire. The National
Dairy Council suggested that so many empty milk bottles had been lost in the
snow that there might not be enough full ones to go round"
As reported in the Manchester Guardian booklet "The Long Winter 1962-63"