The national obsession with weather has kicked into overdrive with the 'Beast from the East' – and we all love a good snow day.

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Across vast swathes of Britain the roads are deserted save for a few people trundling along at 5mph, schools are closed and supermarkets are full of people shopping for Armageddon.

But there’s always an upside to snow: fun, beauty and grandeur. Here’s our pick of some wonderful snowy moments across the nation.

These images of wonderful winters of the past come from the Science & Society Picture Library. 


Nuns on the (toboggan) run

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The brewery delivery man shows the true meaning of ice-cold beer

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It’s always the right time to do the conga

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Shadow dancer

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Steam trains and snowy winters? The old days really were just like your grandfather always told you…

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Frozen lakes of yesteryear – without a health and safety official in sight

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Definitely the wrong type of snow

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These sheep were only too happy to be told to huddle up – just to keep warm

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“What do you mean, ‘I still have to go to school’? You can’t be serious!”

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Let’s just hope the driver doesn’t brake too suddenly…

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If you hadn’t seen the skier, what would you think had made these patterns…?

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