Liverpool’s record heat wave, insect plague and floods in a year

A memorable year brought scorching temperatures, an infestation of insects and flooding to the streets of Liverpool.

In 1976, the UK experienced one of the hottest summers that lasted three months.

Record temperatures led to a garden hose ban being put in place and even fountains in Liverpool city center were eventually turned off to conserve water.

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Along with the scorching heat came an invasion of insects that had descended on Merseyside, although for some it was a relief these were ladybugs and not locusts.

During the long hot summer, a burst water main in Prescot gave the children welcome relief as they made the most of the impromptu lido that flooded the streets.

By contrast, winter has seen waves crashing over the New Brighton seawall, trees crashing into houses and the frozen Sefton Park lake.

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The Liverpool ECHO has searched the archives for the best footage that shows the extremes experienced in 1976, as well as quieter moments showing what was happening in Liverpool that year.

A young criminal DJ who later became famous for his call on a radio show also makes an appearance in front of a now sadly demolished theater.

For great historical images from the past, check out and see what you can discover

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