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THE snow may have meant misery for motorists but, for other people, it meant fun, with some using the white stuff to build igloos.
Among them were Hilton couple Sally-Ann and Andrew Watson, with the help of their eight-year-old son, Spencer.
They were joined at their Woodcock Farm home by friends Karen and Steve Davis, plus their son, Rohan, also eight.
It took the group two hours to complete at the weekend.
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Mrs Watson said: "It was my husband's idea. He cleared snow away with a tractor and, rather than build a snowman, as we usually do, we decided to get our friends round and build an igloo.
"It's really good – it has carpets and pillows. All six of us could fit inside. It was cold afterwards so we warmed up with jacket potatoes and jumped into the hot tub."
A similarly large igloo was built by residents of Stoddard Drive, Heanor. Among them were Vicki Elliott and her five-year-old son, James.
Mrs Elliott said: "There must have been about five different families from the street helping make it.
"It was great fun. The igloo turned out bigger than we thought it would be.
"When it was finished we had hot drinks and took some food inside the igloo.
"Sadly, we might have to take it down before it thaws in case it collapses on someone."
A third igloo was built at Dam Farm, Parwich, by the Pitts farm.
Dad Ian said: "My children, Emily and Ian, slept in the igloo on Saturday night without getting cold."