The Solway Firth estuary off Cumbria looked more like the Arctic Ocean after freak wintry conditions saw the sea freezing over.
Bergs the size of cars floated slowly past as smaller blocks of ice littered the shore.A passer-by said: “It’s an amazing sight. I half expected to see a polar bear floating by.”
Freezes also occurred in 1963, 1953, 1947 (the coldest February ever), 1940, 1895-6, 1893, 1880, 1857.
Many people assume that the UK is too far south to have icebergs, but the fatal collision between the giant passenger liner Titanic and the iceberg which did for her in April 1912 was actually a long way to the south of the British Isles, at latitude 41°46N. The most southerly part of Britain, the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, lies at 49°55N.
Predictably, however, further investigation revealed yesterday's "icebergs" to be more in the nature of ice floes – the biggest being about 20ft long and three feet thick. They were frozen parts of the sea nonetheless, in an area where temperatures had, on occasions during the recent freeze, climbed no higher than minus 8C.
BOTTOM-LINE: There is no global warming; AGW = BS; climate change is NATURAL.