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When cold was cold
What an incredibly soft lot people in Britain have become.
Your correspondent, Ken Holmes (Letters, October 18), will shortly be making the decision as to whether “to keep warm” or “to eat”.
Apparently he won’t be able to do both because of fuel costs.
I am of the age group who used to have a candle in the middle of the room for heating purposes – when it was really cold, we’d light it. I joke, of course.
It isn’t so very long ago, however, most people would have only one gas fire (in the kitchen) and one coal fire in the “front room”. Hot water from the back boiler in the coal fire was not available until the fire was lit.
Keeping warm in the bitterly cold winter of 1947 was an incredibly tough experience.
I well remember going to bed and barely being able to breathe, such was the weight of bedclothes and my dad’s old Army great-coat on top of me.
My brother and I would press our hands against the bedroom window to leave hand-prints in the ice on the inside of the glass.
Yet my parents never had to make the decision of whether to eat or keep warm.
Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge.