The Great Storm of 1968.

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The Great Storm of 1968.

Post by Currie » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 am

The Great Storm of 1968.

"On the night of Sunday 14 January and morning of Monday 15 January 1968 hurricane force winds hit the city of Glasgow before travelling across central Scotland. The impact of the gale was felt particularly across the Central Lowlands, but southern Scotland from Tiree to the Firth of Tay and Kintyre to Edinburgh was also affected. Winds as strong as 130 mph were recorded by the Meteorological Office."

You can read all about it in the ScotlandsPeople News and Features section. ... storm-1968

Also in the Glasgow Herald. Just use the Zoom buttons to get a better view. To get to other dates click on “Browse this Newspaper.” ... %2C2406172

And the Evening Times. ... %2C1733291

Does anyone remember the storm?


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Re: The Great Storm of 1968.

Post by WilmaM » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:36 pm

Yes I do!
I had broken my arm and distinctly recall seeing the army out in the streets on the way to or from the Victoria infirmary.

I was only a toddler but it is crystal clear in my mind.

We lived in the bottom flat of a tenement in Ibrox, and any big wind would make us slightly nervous of chimneies crashing all the way down.

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Re: The Great Storm of 1968.

Post by Muriel » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:37 pm

My mother's bedroom window blew in. The wind was so strong my sister & I couldn't get the bedroom door opened for a minute or two. Mum had had the sense to dive under the bed cover & quite soon my cousins, who lived across the road, appeared with some wood to nail across the gap. An interesting night!

One of my work colleagues who lived in the high flats at Knightswood said his wardrobe "walked" across the room towards him as the building swayed in the wind. He admitted to being terrified.
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Re: The Great Storm of 1968.

Post by AndrewP » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 pm

A chimney stack in a tenement in the next street down from ours was blown over. I believe the stonework from that went through the attic and top flat into the next floor down.

I was of pre-school age at the time.

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