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  • Frosts, Freezes and Fairs - Ian Currie

    Frosts, Freezes and Fairs - Ian Currie

    May 4, 2022

    Ian has always been fascinated by the ever changing moods and patterns of our skies and the childhood memories of a spectacular thunderstorm in September 1958 or the prolonged deep winter snows of the 1962/63 which buried his first weather station have never faded.
    Ian is now a full-time weatherman, broadcaster, author, columnist, speaker and editor of Weather eye magazine that he established. He has contributed to and appeared on many TV and radio programmes. He has written or co-written a number of county weather books illustrating outstanding events from counties such as Dorset, Suffolk, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Essex and has chronicled in his Book ‘Frosts, Freezes and Fairs’ the great freezes on the Thames and other UK rivers. This latter was featured on BBC Radio 4. He has also written several books on Weather Lore and how one can forecast the weather locally.
    He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and can be heard regularly on BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex with forecasts for gardeners and growers and for 18 years was the weather columnist for the national magazine Garden News. Ian also gives regular forecasts to vineyards in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

    Weatherman, author and columnist, Ian Currie will take you through Britain’s severest winters over the last 1,000 years, and say how we coped and even benefited from them. How did 17th century watermen make a living when the rivers froze over? What activities took place on the ice-covered rivers at Frost Fairs. And why has the river Thames in the heart of London not frozen since the last occurrence over 200 years ago in the famous 1814 Frost Fair?

    Posted by Jane Painter

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