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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Engineer got into his family's bad books during the freeze

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.

– Fred Ovington

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