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.
– Alan Bland
"During the storm of 1962/63, I was 12-years-old living on a farm in Redesdale.
"I was off school for six weeks as all the roads were blocked.
"The storm was relentless. We struggled on regardless to take fodder to our sheep stranded on the hills.
"It became a common site to see a pack of a dozen or more foxes hunting for food as our farm bordered Redesdale Forest.
"When the thaw came huge chunks of ice littered the fields as the river Rede overflowed - taking the bark off the trees all the way to Redesmouth where it entered the Tyne."