Gallery: Basking in the summer sun - just like we did back in 1976

Sunny 1976

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With no sign of the heatwave breaking, this summer has been compared to that of 1976.


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Our iwitness members, keen to share photos from that unforgettable summer, offered their views.

Nina Archer sent this photo of baby Helen hiding under her bonnet to avoid the scorching sun in 1976.

She said: “There was no grass to be seen that summer.”

Charles Whitfield-King also remembers that summer well and he found some old photos to share with our iwitness community.

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He said: “To draw any comparison with the recent hot spell, there is still a long way to go. As I recall we had temperatures in excess of 32C for several weeks, and no rain from May right through to early September.

“However if you lived in Wickham Market then the most memorable event was when the new bypass was opened on July 22 that year, right in the middle of the heatwave.

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“Before this time Wickham Market was a bottleneck for the A12, with traffic on summer weekends queuing a mile and half, way past the three turns at Pettistree just to go through the village with the road being too narrow to allow two-way traffic for lorries.

“On the day the new road was opened the first car to use it were the dignitaries from Suffolk County Council who travelled in a 1932 Rolls-Royce owned by Lord Cranworth, as they passed under the new bridges local people were looking from the top at the first traffic to use the road.

“Then later in the evening Wickham Market had a celebration in the square for the residents to mark a quiet village again with Morris dancers and a display of horse-drawn wagons, this all took place on one of the hottest years on record.”

Meanwhile Janice Poulson sent a photo of her family on the beach at Hunstanton and Brian Smith dug out a photo of the area outside Framlingham Castle looking very barren.

Now we want to know where the hottest place in Suffolk is. We have teamed up with family-run vehicle servicing business Treadfirst to seek out the hottest spot in Suffolk.

We want you to send us a photo of your car thermometer showing how hot it is where you are. Send photos via and don’t forget to tell us when and where it was taken.

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