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Bygone winters in Northern Ireland from the Belfast Telegraph archives

Published 27/12/2013

Ulster with her winter coat of snow, the scene on the Glen Road, Belfast, as motorists drive with care. (28/11/1969)
Ulster with her winter coat of snow, the scene on the Glen Road, Belfast, as motorists drive with care. (28/11/1969)
Theres more ways than one to take advantage of the snowy slopes, as these youngsters at Helens Bay golf club show, with their variety of descents, some prefer a solo effort, some two up, and even, at times as many as four. (16/02/1969)
Snow Scenes. 1950's/60's. Shane's Hill. (08/03/1965)
Snow Scenes. 1950's/60's. (13/02/1963)
Not quite up to the dimensions of the Olympic ski jump, but this small hillock provided members of the Ulster Ski Club with a chance of a jump, during their session on the Cave Hill slopes. (16/02/1969)
Heavy snow in Dungannon disrupted traffic and gave parked cars a Christmas like atmosphere. (17/11/1965)
These boys were out early to take their toboggans up a hill at Stormont for a good day's fun. 16/2/1971
Enjoying the snow at Belfast Castle, which is just around the corner from their homes in Strathmore Park North, are Elaine McGuiggan (13), and her brothers Michael (11) and Roger (3), together with Brian McDonnell (12) and his brother Christopher. 24/1/1976
Toboggan races over the snowy slopes in the grounds of Belfast Castle organised by the Belfast Castle organised by the Belfast Parks Recreation Department. Here, Gerald Tolan and his friend Declan Lenny whizz down the slippery slope to win one of the heats. 27/1/1979
Looking back at their footprints in the snow as they pause before building a snowman are Ann Morrow (2) and Elaine Agnew (3) both of Parkgate Drive, Belfast. 16/2/1971
These young pupils from Stella Maris Primary School, Church Road, Greencastle, find a snowball fight an ideal way to keep warm. 5/3/1965
Children on sledges making the most of the heavy falls of snow on the slopes at Belfast Castle. 8/2/1969
Downpatrick marshes with their shallow waters provide safe sliding conditions for these youngsters taking advantage of the cold spell. In the background is Down Cathedral. 14/1/1963
Snow Scenes. 1980's. As traffic slipped and slid on dangerous roads, children from Edenbrook Primary School, Belfast, spent their lunch break having a snowball fight. (24/01/1985)
Snow Scenes. 1980's. "Away we go!" say sisters, Lisa (8) and Katie Hewitt (4), of Wood Lane Ends, Lurgan, as they enjoy a sleigh ride down the snow covered slope of a field near their home. (04/01/1984)
Ingrid Blake (8) and her friend Maeve McConnell (2), both from Innisfayle Park, Belfast, have no complaints. (17/01/1985)
The first day in November brought the first of the winter's heavy snowfall as this picture taken on the Belfast-Aldergrove road just beyond the Horseshoe Bend shows. (01/11/1967)
Snowplough in action keeping the main Londonderry-Claudy road clear, near Burntollet Bridge. (04/02/1969)
With figures stretching away into the distance, the slope at Helens Bay Golf Club took on the appearence of a busy Alpine resort, as many young (and not so young people) took advantage of the weekends' snow for a bit of tobogganing. (16/02/1969)
Snow Scenes. 1950's/60's. Traffic manages to flow freely on Shane's Hill, between Larne and Ballymena, despite the heavy falls of snow. (07/12/1967)
Many motorists were stranded near Wheeler's Corner, Dundrod during a freak blizzard. (22/03/1965)
Cattle grazing on Shane's Hill, between Larne and Ballymena, wander the snow covered land in search of fodder. (07/12/1967)
Cars creeping along the Horseshow Road, the main road from Belfast to Aldergrove Airport. (28/12/1964)
Winter has returned to Ulster leaving several inches of hard packed snow on the Horseshoe road between Belfast and Aldergrove. Here a car moves slowily along treacherous stretch of the road. (25/03/1966)
A snowed up cottage. 13/2/1963
Snow drifts 20 feet deep at one time lay in front of the McFall homestead. 13/2/1963
Feeding ducks at Ballymena. 2/1/1961
Right turn for home - Mr. Richard Iggulden on Pink Panther and Miss Sharon Adair on Kerry head for home over the Craigantlet Hills while exercising their mounts in the snow this morning. (18/01/1985)
Laughter in the snow - Mr. David Allen with children Catherine (12) and Christopher (9), from Sharman Road, Belfast, enjoy some early morning toboganning on the slippery slopes at Barnetts Park. (18/12/1982)
Bullyseye! One younster scores a direct hit suring a snowball fight in Belfast's Ligoniel Road area. And, from the forecasts, it looks as if there will be plenty of opportunities for revenge. (15/01/1984)
The Cresta Run - Lurgan style! Showing a polythene sheet "toboggan" can be just as much fun as the real McCoy are this happy group of snow revellers on the slippery slopes at Woodlane Ends - enjoying a last fling before the thaw really sets in. (13/01/1982)
On the receiving end of a snowball fight with his friends is David McAree of Belfast. (21/03/1980)
Making the most of the snow this morning were Jamie Wilkinson (8) of Trossachs Drive, Upper Malone, Belfast, who pushed his brother Ben (6) and friend John Fitzpatrick (7) on his sledge. (25/01/1986)
Miss May Neill and Miss Nicola Aiken exercise their horses "Yogi Bear" and "Romeo" on Helen's Bay Road, Craigantlet, which was covered by about 4 inches of snow today. (11/12/1981)
The Fitzpatrick family at Mallon's Corner, near Hilltown combine forces to get the tractor out of the snow drift. (12/01/1982)
Third-year fashion design student, Anne Purcell, from Belfast, finds time for fun in the snow. (January 1984)
Getting the full enjoyment of the fresh snow fall in the Dungannon area are six-year-old Rachel Forsythe and seven-year-old Mark Sloan. The children, from Ranfurly Crescent, Dungannon are both pupils of the Howard Primary School, Moygashel. (12/02/1988)
Treading on thin ice, but enjoying every minute of it, are Michael and Mark McKinley, Jonathan Smith, David, Michael and Dierdre Lynch and Gary Nellis, taking advantage of the snow in Farmley Crescent, Glengormley. (04/01/1984)
There's no business like snow business... brothers Timonthy (9) and Simon Taylor (5), from Knockbreda Park, Belfast, take full advantage of their last day of the school holidays to have fun in the first snowfall of the winter at Barnett's Park, Belfast. (03/01/1984)
Four-year-olds Jill Davidson and Susan McNair of Castlereagh Road, Belfast, armed with shovels help clear the snow from the footpath outside their homes. (16/02/1971)
The early morning fall of snow on Friday made a pretty winter scene on the Larne-Ballymena road. But it caused trouble for motorists. However, snow ploughs were out to clear the roads. (29/01/1976)
Six-year-old Gillian Thorpe of Rushfield, Helen's Bay, holds on tight to her sleigh as she is pulled up the hill by sister Susan (7) and friend Jeremy Schofield (10) as they play in the snow near their home. (05/01/1970)
Twelve-year-old Paul Jefferson (on top) and thirteen-year-old Michael Moreland both from Holywood, Co. Down, enjoy themselves sleighing on the slopes of Holywood Golf club. (09/12/1967)
An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived. 6/2/1963
A familiar scene in Massereene Park, Antrim, as it is transformed by the first snow of winter. 8/12/1966
A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
This winter landscape at Ballysillan Park, Belfast, shows how an every-day scene is given a touch of delicate filigree when bare branches are laced with snow. 12/1/1959
Snowman and Snowmouse appeared overnight at Kensington Gardens West. Here is Rosemary Eakins stroking the snowmouse's tail while Brian Martin moulds his ear and Allyson Brown puts a rakish angle to the snowman's hat. 11/12/1967
One car which did not make it up a steep hill on the outskirts of Belfast and like many others in the province had to be abandoned in the blizzard. 7/2/1969
These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow. 16/2/1966
Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow. 3/12/1966
Pupils from Stella Maris Primary School, Church Road, Greencastle, enjoying rolling a giant snowball in the school playground. 5/3/1965
Saturday afternoon shoppers looking on as they pass children enjoying a slide on the pavement at the junction of Upper Library Street and Peter's Hill, Belfast. 9/12/1967
A scene of great activity on the Cavehill slopes by Floral Hall, where tobogganers and skiers were out in force on a Sunday afternoon. 16/2/1969
With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home. 21/1/1965
Mr Thomas Thompson of Skeagh, near Glenarm, recieving a bag of food supplies from Sergeant Isaac Jardine, Glenarm RUC, after Mr Thompson and his wife had been cut off by snowdrifts for over a week. 13/2/19663
Caroline Parsons with horse. (13/01/1977)
Children from Carryduff near Belfast enjoy their first snowball fight of the winter. (25/11/1978)
Makes you shiver just to look at it. Royal Avenue - barely recognisable in the blizzard. (31/01/1972)
It's a winter wonderland at the Antrim Boat club where the Sixmilewater flows into Lough Neagh. The low afternoon sun filtering through the trees on the snow covered banks make a pictureesque scene. (06/01/1970)
Footprints in the snow as girls make their way cautiously across the grounds of the College of Art and Design during to-day's snowfall in Belfast. (11/01/1977)

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