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Sylvia Crookes from North Yorkshire remembers buying a car at the start of the big freeze and then having to keep it in storage, redundant, until the roads thawed out.
Mike Carruthers from Kendal wrote to ITV about his memories of living in Windermere during the big freeze.
Ian Burrett wrote to us and sent in these pictures of the winter of 1962/1963 - the last time that the River Humber completely froze over.
"I'm not sure how often the Humber freezes but it certainly hasn’t done it since 1963.
Amazing when you consider it is tidal and therefore salt water.
Light ships were trapped in the ice for months.
We could have walked the two miles to Lincolnshire."
Fred Ovington wrote to tell us how he had managed to escape the big freeze of 1963 and how had made himself unpopular with his family who were stuck in the snow.
John Cowe sent these pictures of us and explained what life had been like for him and his family out in their home on the edge of Coldingham moors during the big freeze.
"These pictures were taken on the road between Reston and Coldingham, and of Coldingham Moors, about a mile from our home.
"As you can see the snow was about 8 to 10 feet deep in places.
"These roads were blocked for nearly four weeks."
"I was living with my parents at The Grange Estate on the edge of Coldingham moors between these two roads at that time and there was no way out.
"Having lived here since 1948 we new how severe winters could be - we were well stocked up and were pretty well self-sufficient at the time but we had to melt snow to get water as the main water pipes were frozen."
"We kept hens so had eggs and got our milk from a local farm. Fortunately, we had plenty of firewood to keep us warm though.
"The pictures were taken when they eventually got the roads open and we were able to get to Berwick to replenish our stores."
"If I remember correctly these roads were opened by a local agricultural contractor who had a big 380 degree digger, which he converted to lift the snow forwards instead of pulling it towards the digger."
John Kirtley, from Newbottle in Houghton-Le-Spring, sent in these photographs of his family digging turnips out of the frozen ground to feed the cows at Over The Hill Farm in Houghton-Le-Spring in 1963.
Alan Bland, from West Woodburn in Northumberland, wrote to us to tell us about life working and living on a farm during the big freeze - and during the thaw that followed.
Jake Patterson sent in his memories of going to school during the big freeze of 1963 and about the community spirit at the time.
The winter months have finally passed and spring is around the corner.
You might have thought that this past winter has been chilly - with a fair bit of snow - but it hardly compared to the winter people experienced 50 years ago.
The winter of 1962/63 was the coldest of the last century - snow arrived on Boxing Day and stayed until March.
The average temperature for the whole three months from December to February stayed below freezing for the whole time and dipped as low as -18 degrees.