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Rex Ray Year: 1963 Villages: SlaughamIce skating on Slaugham Furnace Pond
In the severe winter of 1962/63, snow started falling on Boxing Day 1962, and freezing conditions continued until March 1963, During January and February the Slaugham Furnace Pond froze over to a thickness of 9 inches of ice, making it safe to skate on.
Taking this rare opportunity to skate on a pond instead of an indoor rink are Rex Ray from Handcross on the left, and Mike “Spike” Jones.
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Select Open Document to view two pictures of Rex navigating his handmade "Ice Yacht" on the pond! Having referred to the 1899 bye-laws in force for the Furnace Pond (picture #1870) I can confirm that “ice yachting” is not a prohibited activity!
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Picture added on 29 November 2016 at 10:11
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