Reported in the News Letter on February 28, 1947: Plenty of sunshine but snow still causes problems in Northern Ireland

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Ulster was the sunniest place in the UK yesterday. Aldergrove reported 7.8 hours of sunshine, compared with 6.4 at Scarborough, 6 at Aberystwyth and 5.7 at Fleetwood.

Meteorological officers at Aldergrove last night forecast more brilliant sunshine for today, with scattered snow showers.

Early this morning there were five degrees of frost.

Despite a limited thaw, AA reports indicated little change in the condition of Ulster roads yesterday, and many were still impassable. Belfast’s main streets were cleared, but side streets generally had a covering of slush.

Milk supplies in Londonderry from country areas were greatly reduced. In some instances they arrived in tractors. A tractor was also used at a funeral in Co Derry, this being the only method by which the coffin could be carried over dangerous roads.

The best snow story in the Coleraine district is of a “white wedding” which took place at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church, despite all sorts of hold-ups. The young couple (both officials in Coleraine GPO) had planned that the ceremony was to take place at 11 o’clock in the morning. Because of weather conditions it was postponed for two hours, and then the groom and best man arrived at the church on a tractor.

The wedding was duly solemnised, but afterwards the newlyweds were unable to get to Portstewart, where the reception was to be held. Eventually they managed to reach Coleraine and, after having their celebrations with their friends there, they set off by train to spend their honeymoon in Dublin. Misfortune still dogged their tracks, for on reaching Belfast they found they could get no farther.

The international ploughing championship, which was to have been held at Saintfield, has been postponed until the autumn.