When I look outside I see dark grey clouds filled like a water balloon ready to burst with a sudden pin
prick and for as long as I can remember this is the norm in Britain throughout our summers. This
leads me to question was there ever a ‘Great British Summer’? I would like to think so but that is
only because I’m at an age where I feel comfortable saying ‘I remember when’, but is there truth
The answer is yes. From a quick search in Google I have seen 1 out of 5 Great British Summers in the
last 101 years: 2003, 1976, 1959, 1949 & 1915……..BONUS! So when will the next one be?
An article in the Express sated the following for 2016:
‘90 DAYS OF SUNSHINE: Britain set for hottest summer in 40 YEARS as the mercury rockets’
http://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/667492/Summer-weather- forecast-UK- long-range-
Though I think most of our feelings about the ‘Great British Summer’ fall in-line with a 2008 article
from the BBC:
‘With another wet weekend ahead, the familiar grumbles about British summers have surfaced. Are
we deluding ourselves that they should be any different’
So not knowing when the next ‘Great British Summer’ will be why put these words together?
Is it because leading supermarkets and the like are cashing in on the phrase and therefore constantly
forcing it in front of us?
I don’t think this is the case and I’m willing to walk the plank and say I believe it’s because we as a
nation are optimistic, opportunistic & realistic.
With the start of each Summer we hope for good weather and as a result buy cheap doxycycline online without prescription tickets to all types of
UK events, book UK holidays, take to the outdoors, swim in our seas, row in our rivers, walk our
beloved lands, host garden and street parties, marry our loved ones, fire up the BBQ, start a new
campaign to get fit and wear our summer clothes. And we do all this knowing that there is a high
chance rain will fall on the day but it doesn’t stop us and if the Sun Shines it is a blessing and if it
rains our spirit doesn’t dampen it adapts, we embrace it as deep-down we expected it and through
that we make the best of the situation and a new type of fulfilment is felt.
So to me that is why it is called the ‘Great British Summer’ not because of the weather but because
of you and me and the ability to make it ours no matter what the weather.