Anniversary of "big freeze"

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. Read your memories of the big freeze of 1962/1963 here.

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Car remained under wraps in North Yorkshire as snow continued to fall

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.

We bought our first car on New Year's Eve 1962 and drove it home as the first flakes fell.

"We put it in the brand new garage and there it stayed till Easter.

"We used to sit in it and turn the engine on, and kept a Tilley lamp under it to keep it from freezing."

– Sylvia Crookes

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