Telegraph & Argus, Tuesday July 2, 1968:

At 10.30 am on July 2, 1968 the heavens opened and Bradford was besieged by water, thanks to a violent thunderstorm that burst over the city for the second day running. Lashed by a sweeping burst of hailstones, many the size of bullets, the cascading downpour had turned Bradford into Venice. While shoppers gazed in amazement at the entrances to the markets which filled with dirty water, pedestrian underpasses at Leeds Road, Petergate, Eastbrook Well and Forster Square, flooded to their roofs. Assistants working in the kiosks had to be rescued by passers-by while men took off their shoes and socks, rolled up their trousers to carry people across roads.

The incredible photographs in this picture gallery were taken at the time by T&A photographers and have been scanned from our archive.

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