The winter of 1962/3 became known as 'the Big Freeze of 1963' and this film begins with extensive footage of the freezing conditions in and around the Derbyshire town of Matlock during this period. This includes the River Derwent when it was frozen. This is followed by shots of damaged buildings during gales in February 1962. The next section covers flooding and begins with traffic driving through flood water (may be December 1960) and followed by impressive footage of the floods that hit Matlock in December 1965 when the Derwent burst its banks. This includes traffic trying to negotiate deep water in Crown Square and people travelling in a large quarry lorry through the water. The film ends with shots of a landslide and the resulting ruined buildings in Dale Road, Matlock in January 1966.
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