Unscheduled candlelit dinner for Holbeach couples

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A POWER cut which hit 1,700 homes and businesses in Holbeach on Valentine’s night made couples dine out by candlelight, like it or not.

Popular restaurants on the south side of the High Street were fully booked on Tuesday night by couples intent on sharing a romantic evening for two.

Many were halfway through their meal when that side of the street was plunged into darkness for up to 45 minutes, along with much of the town centre including Fleet Street.

The cut started at 8.38pm, mid-way through the evening’s serving at the Dragon Pearl restaurant on the corner of St John’s Street.

Manager Steve Ha said: “We had to stop cooking for at least half an hour, so we turned away customers ringing for a takeaway.

“We took out candles for the tables but I wouldn’t describe it as a romantic candlelit dinner – it was too dark for people to see the food!”

Watthana Prasertsri of the Krua Thai restaurant in High Street said: “We were fully booked and some customers who’d had their starters didn’t want to wait for the power cut to finish. Those who stayed had drinks by candlelight until we started cooking again.”

Western Power was still investigating the cause of the power loss yesterday. Only three customers were still without power by the early hours of Wednesday.