Festive fun cut short in bleak early winter

Woody and Tyso Spearman throw snowballs in Carter's Park, ''Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Woody and Tyso Spearman throw snowballs in Carter's Park, ''Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Snow and ice brought a sudden and unpleasant halt to Christmas festivities in South Holland and the surrounding areas at the weekend.

Temperatures as low as -3C were recorded in parts of Lincolnshire as snow brought travel chaos to the area, with tree branches coming down on roads and a spate of minor crashes.

Cory Frost walks to work through the yard of All Saints Church, Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Cory Frost walks to work through the yard of All Saints Church, Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.

But the biggest problem was a Boxing Day power cut that left about 1,500 homes in Gosberton and Quadring without electricity for up to four hours.

A Western Power Distribution spokesman said: “We experienced some problems when two overhead power lines in fields to the east of Gosberton village came down in bad weather just after 10.30pm on Boxing Day evening.

“The majority of properties had their supplies back on within 15 minutes, with the remaining properties put back on by 2.30am on Saturday.

“Western Power Distribution would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.”

Tony Walker, manager of Carter's Park, Holbeach, using a chainsaw to clear tree branches that came down during the snowfall on Boxing Day evening.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Tony Walker, manager of Carter's Park, Holbeach, using a chainsaw to clear tree branches that came down during the snowfall on Boxing Day evening. Photo by Tim Wilson.

More than 40 gritters were sent out by county highways officers between Christmas Eve and the day after Boxing Day to treat A and B roads in the county, including the A16, A17 and A151 between Spalding and Bourne.

Milder weather is expected over the next few days, with temperatures of between 1C and 6C leading up to New Year’s Eve.

Treacherous driving conditions on the A17 in Fleet Hargate.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Treacherous driving conditions on the A17 in Fleet Hargate. Photo by Tim Wilson.