Matlock underwater as floods ravaged country

Memory lane Matlock floods
Memory lane Matlock floods

In 1960 floods and gales ravaged the country and a plea was sent out across Britain urging people to ‘stay at home’.

This copy of national newspaper the Daily Mirror was brought in to the office by Ashover resident David Chatfield.

The date on the paper is Monday, December 5, 1960, and the photograph shows the Derby bus submerged in flood water in Matlock’s Crown Square.

The bus is forcing a foaming path through the water which was raging through the town centre the day before the paper’s print date.

Water can be seen gushing down Causeway Lane.

The newspaper report states that police had requested that residents stay at home, safe from the perils of flooded roads.

Motorists were also warned not to venture out until the danger had passed.

A spokesman for the Automobile Association said nearly every county in England had been hit by floods and lashed by gales.

And the weather forecast for that day predicated more showers.

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