Edinburgh Castle and UK landmarks hit by ice age

A frozen Edinburgh Castle. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas
A frozen Edinburgh Castle. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas
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A SERIES of chilling images depict some of the UK’s most beloved landmarks in the grips of a new ice age.

As Storm Jonas has ravaged America’s east coast, the sight of a world famous city buried under snow has become a familiar sight.

The River Thames frozen over in a new ice age. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

The River Thames frozen over in a new ice age. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

Now Artist James Dawes, commissioned by Scottish Gas, has mocked up an image of a storm-battered Edinburgh Castle, depicting what Scotland’s capital would look like under the blanket of a recent New-York style ‘snowmageddon’.

The haunting images, which were commissioned by the energy supplier, come along with new data which show a 23 per increase in calls to call centres to report boiler breakdowns and appliance issues and that 28 per cent of local residents would not know what to do if their boiler stopped working.

READ MORE: Weather: wind and rain hits Scotland as Jonas blows in

The pictures aim to highlight the false sense of security which people have relaxed into thanks to a ‘warm winter’.

The Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol.  Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

The Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

Danny Stewart, an Edinburgh-based Scottish Gas engineer warned “There’s nothing better than a cosy home during winter but issues with your heating or boiler could leave you out in the cold.

“To avoid running into problems, I would encourage everyone to undertake some simple checks to make sure that their homes are warm and working properly.

For more information on keeping your home insulated free of charge this winter, Scottish Gas have a {https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/home-insulation | series of top tips}.

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A frost bitten Angel of The North.  Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

A frost bitten Angel of The North. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

London as a frozen wasteland.  Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas

London as a frozen wasteland. Picture: James Dawes/ British Gas