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.
"I was in my family’s bad books that winter, why? Because I sent postcards home from Hawaii.
"I was in the Merchant Navy at the time as an Engineer on an oil tanker with Shell.
"It was a terrible winter, sitting on Waikiki Beach, thinking of home.
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