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The pea souper that killed 12,000 people

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A dense, green-yellow fog choked the streets. Cars edged forwards with passengers sitting on the bonnets shouting instructions. From behind the wheel, drivers could not even see as far as their own headlights.

Mothers took their children to school with handkerchiefs and scarves wrapped over their faces. With their hands tightly clasped, they shuffled along in ‘crocodiles’.

One pedestrian remembers bumping into a motorcyclist who asked: ‘Which way to the Tube station?’

http://www.dailymail...s-ago-week.html

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Some excellent photos there, it must have been awful!

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I was 6yo at the time and living about 40 miles outside London, but I remember going for a walk on the North Downs with my parents and seeing what looked like a low, misty cloud to the Northwest. It was clear where we were standing, and the sun turned this cloud gold. There was no instant communications in those days and it was only that evening back at home, we found out from the wireless news broadcast that it was the 'Smog'.

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