Down memory lane, January 26 2018

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Recently down memory lane asked for pictures and reminisces of 1947’s ‘Big Snow.’

The Big Snow began in England in 1946 and lasted until March 1947. In western Scotland it only really got going in March, but with drifts up to seven metres deep it makes last week’s snowfall look insignificant.

The Courier has this report from 1947:

‘A pregnant shepherd’s wife of Strone Farm, two and a half miles beyond Carskiey Farm, had taken ill. Dr McKenzie was called so he made his way to Strone Farm on foot through the deep snow.

‘The woman needed medical attention in Campbeltown- so a stretcher was put together to carry her to Carskiey Farm.

‘The farming neighbours came to help carry the patient through the snow.

‘From there the lady was transported to Dunaverty slipway, where she was carried aboard the lifeboat and transferred to Campbeltown until she was well enough to return home.

On her return to Southend, the woman stayed with a friend at 1 Wallace Cottages where the district nurse, Mary Smith, safely delivered her baby boy.