Published: 00:01, 22 January 2013
The winter of early 1963 was so severe coal barges were frozen on the Medway at Rochester
As we shiver in sub-zero temperatures and mop up after our weekend snowfall, spare a thought for those who lived through Kent's winter of 1963.
While our snow has been measured in inches, the snow of exactly half a century ago made the record books for chilling reasons.
Riverways were impassable as parts of Kent became landlocked
On the 50th anniversary of what became known as The Big Freeze of 1963, we look back at the year the sea froze in Kent.
The temperatures had in fact started to plummet in the previous December, with a large amount of snowfall on Boxing Day leading to reports of 18 inches of snow in Gravesend and drifts up to 8ft deep.
Frozen sea, Marine Parade, Sheerness, in Feb 1963
By January 1963 it was so cold the sea at Herne Bay had completely frozen a mile out from shore.
The river Medway was also affected, with mini icebergs seen floating - while the Navy had to use an icebreaker to keep Chatham dockyard open.
Youngsters make the most of the big freeze in Mote Park lake during the dreadful winter of 1963
More snow fell during February, which was accompanied by strong winds, before the thaw finally began in early March.
The day the sea froze in 1963
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