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Double trouble... it was the big freeze of 1963 and I had twins.

Byline: Esh Capelo

IT was one of the fiercest winters of the last century.

But one Midland pensioner has recalled how she gave birth to TWINS as snowstorms and freezing temperatures battered the country 50 years ago.

Patricia Dalby, from Redditch, Worcestershire, was already a mum-of-four when she was admitted to hospital in December 1962.

The big freeze had seen temperatures fall as low as -19C and there were reports of 15ft snowdrifts.

Overdue Patricia, from Headless Cross, went into labour on Boxing Day at the All Saints Hospital, in Bromsgrove.

She said: "The doctor, Mr Kenney, had asked me to go in and rest for three weeks so my sisters looked after my four children.

"I spent five weeks in total at the hospital.'' With no babies in sight, the expectant mum was let home briefly at Christmas.

"I spent Christmas with the kids and my husband, Raymond, but when I woke up on Boxing Day I was in labour.

''We arrived at the hospital at eight in the morning. I had one baby at 10am and one at ten past."

Mum and her beautiful baby twins, Tim and Tracey, were released from hospital after two weeks - but the big freeze would go on until March.

Widow Patricia, whose husband died 29 years ago, said: ''When I came out of hospital with the twins we moved to a new house.

"I remember the weather being terrible and it snowing right through to April."

As well as the twins, Patricia has five other children, Lauren, 55, Jeanette, 54, Barry, 53, Roy, 51, and Jackie Taylor, 48. She also has seven grandchildren and one greatgrandchild - with a second due in February.


Icy memories: Patricia Dalby and, right, Tim and Tracey, born in the freezing winter of 1963.
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Date:Jan 26, 2013
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