THE big freeze drew scores of photographers onto the banks of the river Taw this morning (Wednesday) as overnight temperatures lower than minus seven began to freeze the estuary for the first time this century. By low tide at 7.23am, ice had formed around

THE big freeze drew scores of photographers onto the banks of the river Taw this morning (Wednesday) as overnight temperatures lower than minus seven began to freeze the estuary for the first time this century.By low tide at 7.23am, ice had formed around Barnstaple's ancient Long Bridge and new Downstream Bridge.The Met Office weather station at RMB Chivenor recorded a low of minus 7.1 degrees Celsius.Spokesperson Sarah Holland said that the last time such a temperature was recorded was on January 12, 12 and 14 in 1987."But while it was cold last night, it was not the coldest," she added."The lowest recorded temperature in North Devon was on January 26, 1945, when it dropped to minus 12.8 degrees Celsius."Follow the link below to view pictures taken this morning. You can submit your own pictures of chilly North Devon to andrew.keeble@archant.co.uk