Yep I was 25- might have known you'd come up with a formula Paul
Anyway your and II's kind words are much appreciated
I can actually remember the winter of 62-63. I was a kid in Edinburgh and my very sensible parents decided to put central heating in during the autumn of 62 which was so good after coal fires in all the rooms.
We lived at the foot of a steep road with a bend that had the wrong camber. I had great fun watching all the cars either failing to get up or skidding coming down. It was during that winter that we woke to a loud crash. On investigating it we discovered that a coal lorry had skidded coming down the hill, gone through the hedge along the front of our neighbours garden, and deposited it's load in the middle of his front lawn. What was ironic was that our neighbour was a coal merchant. As you can imagine the ' carrying coals to Newcastle 'saying was much used when the rest of the street discovered the accident.
I also remember skating several times during that winter on Linlithgow Loch which was frozen solid