Weather - Floods Protest - Pickering
Residents of Pickering in North Yorkshire sat down on living room furniture they moved into the river, which runs through the town, to recreate the scenes they faced in the devastating floods of last year. Topsy Clinch (seated left), 91, who was flooded out of her home, was one of those there to draw attention to the lack of flood defences in the town, along with Gordon Clitheroe and Kath Grayston. The residents claim the Government pulled the plug on funding for flood defences for the town after the Environment Agency spent 750, 000 five years ago designing a viable scheme.
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Children under a sunlamp, 1960
Phototherapy. Children sitting under a sun lamp. Such lamps have a very bright, broad spectrum output. At the longer wavelength end of the spectrum (red and infrared) this gives a sensation of warmth on the skin while the higher wavelengths (blue and ultraviolet) promote the production of Vitamin D. In many northern European countries such therapies used to be given during winter periods, ostensibly to make the children 'healthy'. Photographed in Russia in 1960.
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Damaged railway lamps, 1942
These rather forlorn looking lamps appeared in an article from the April 1942 edition of the GWR Magazine. The article looks at the daily toll of damaged and lost locomotive equipment and it called upon employees to make a positive contribution to this loss and damage. During the war there was a shortage of raw materials and unnecessary repairs or replacements took its toll on resources. For example, over 200 lamps a week were arriving at Swindon Works for repair. It was considered an employee's “National Duty” to keep the nation's transport system running smoothly.