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January 1963 was the coldest month of the 20th century.
Roads and railways were blocked, power and telephone lines were brought down and some villages were cut off for several days. The snow was so deep that farmers couldn't get to their livestock and many animals starved to death.
How country was paralysed by coldest month of 20th century
In February, more snow came, along with gale force winds, and the harsh weather lasted until the beginning of March one of the longest sustained spells of intensely cold temperatures in memory.
Vegetable shortages started to bite in Notts. Cauliflowers were in short supply and were fetching three times the normal price.
By January 20, Britain had almost been "cut in half" by blizzards, the heaviest snowfall since 1947 paralysing the entire Midlands.
The upper reaches of the River Thames also froze over.
A snow plough also managed to cut a path through the Snake Pass on the narrow, winding road over the Derbyshire peaks between Sheffield and Manchester.
gale force easterly winds.
At the Palais de Danse, Sherwood Rooms and Locarno Ballrooms, dancers enjoyed the carnival atmosphere with all the traditional trimmings balloons, trumpets and party hats.
Meanwhile, the south and west of England continued to be hard hit and blizzards were raging in Yorkshire and other parts of the North.
On the stroke of midnight, bagpipes heralded the new year and 250 people were served malt whisky and haggis.
But bad weather was on the way. Snow fell heavily in Notts from the early hours on January 3, causing drifting on the Nottingham to Mansfield road, especially in the Newstead Abbey area.
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In January 1963, the sea froze for a mile (1.6 km) out from shore at Herne Bay, Kent. BBC television news expressed a fear that the Strait of Dover would freeze across.
A telegraph pole on Russell Drive, Wollaton, was snapped when a lorry skidded into it but the driver escaped uninjured.
The Nottingham Evening Post reported that pubs, clubs and dance halls were crowded with revellers determined to start 1963 with a swing.
"Blitz by Blizzard" heralded the Nottingham Guardian Journal, comparing conditions to those of 1947. But worse was to come.
A spokesman for Nottingham wholesaler H Lowater and Son said: "There is nothing like enough cauliflowers to meet demand and sprouts, parsnips, potatoes, swedes and carrots are becoming scarce."
Lack of cloud cover saw temperatures plunge to Arctic levels. RAF helicopters were called on to drop food to families and animals in north Devon and Cornwall.
The Hogmanhay Ball at the Victoria Hotel lasted until 3am.
In the Central England Temperature record, extending back to 1659, only the winter (defined as the months of December, January and February) of 1683 84 had been significantly colder, with 1739 40 being slightly colder than 1962 63.
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Retailer J Kerry and Son said farmers were struggling to lift crops lying under several inches of snow and frost.
Temperatures throughout the day remained below freezing and many minor accidents were reported.
Freezing fog was a frequent hazard for drivers and pedestrians that winter.
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