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Video: Lighter side of 1963 Big Freeze in Northern Ireland revealed

By Staff Reporter

Fascinating footage of dancers, dogs and even Mini Cooper cars making their way across a frozen Lough Neagh during the Big Freeze of 1963 has re-emerged.

The footage from the UTV Archive and Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive shows the lighter side of the severe weather which battered the province from just after Christmas in 1962 lasting some eight weeks.

It is still believed to have been the coldest winter we ever have faced, with an average temperature across the whole season of 1.51°C.

The coldest temperature of all during that time was minus 15 degrees Celsius, recorded on January 24, 1963. However a number of stations registered temperatures lower than minus 10 degrees Celsius.

The winter of 1962-1963 was also one of the coldest winters on record across the UK and, as temperatures plummeted, lakes and rivers across the Isles froze over.

Dancers, dogs and even mini-drivers make their way onto the frozen Lough Neagh during the Big Freeze of 1963. Courtesy of the UTV Archive and Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive. #BritainOnFilm

Posted by BFI on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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