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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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Photographs of the big freeze in 1962/1963

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.

The big freeze of 1963 Credit: John Kirtley
Digging out turnips from the frozen ground Credit: John Kirtley
Turnips dug out of the frozen ground to feed cows on the family's farm Credit: John Kirtley
The family carried on regardless of the snow Credit: John Kirtley

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