Mention long, hot summers and many people will start reminiscing about the summer of 1976. The year the sun came out in spring and stayed out until the end of autumn without a single cloud being seen in the sky.

In fact, it got so hot at the beginning of June that within a couple of weeks there was talk of a serious drought in the offing. And like most typical bank holiday weekend’s – it poured down – replenishing the falling reservoirs.

However according to some, a water shortage was a small price to pay for some of the best weather anybody could remember.

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

As the sun shone on and it got hotter, in some parts of Bradford a good night’s sleep had become an almost-forgotten luxury as the thermometer hovered around the 80 degrees mark even in the early hours.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Thankfully, Bradford’s water supply had been secured with great foresight and expense by the 1920s. Bradford Corporation had gone, subsumed into Yorkshire Water Authority.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

By September, the weather broke and the rain came. Suddenly flushing the loo no longer involved a struggle with one’s social conscience.