Blizzards left villages cut off
THE first flakes of snow have rekindled memories for many of the days when this corner of east Kent regularly suffered major blizzards.
Many winters left isolated communities such as Hastingleigh and Elmsted high on the Downs above Wye cut off for days as snowdrifts blocked the roads.
Our pictures this week showing scenes from half a century ago were taken by Ashford photographer brothers George and Douglas Weaver.
They come from the archives of Reflections: Images Past and Present, who hold the copyright, but prints are available from Sue Gambrill on 01752 851126.
They feature the first fall of the season at Hastingleigh and abandoned vehicles beside the A20 at Charing in 1958.
Walkers working out their best route on the Downs above Wye during the 1958 blizzards
Abandoned vehicles beside the A20 at Charing in 1958