Wroot residents bear up as power stays off for two days

Enjoying a cuppa in Wroot while the electric is off is Northern Power Grid driver Billy McCall with residents Denise Phillips, Sophie Wilkinson and John Phillips.  (Buy this photo E1327TS) Picture: Tony Saxton
Enjoying a cuppa in Wroot while the electric is off is Northern Power Grid driver Billy McCall with residents Denise Phillips, Sophie Wilkinson and John Phillips. (Buy this photo E1327TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Wroot residents were without power for two days due to an untimely coincidence.

A fault on the line caused a power loss around that part of North Lincolnshire on Wednesday, which was bad enough for residents and businesses who suffered for a number of hours.

But planned remedial work by Northern Power Grid on Thursday meant that the power cut continued for another full day, although people had been warned that work was to be carried out then.

A theft of metal spikes that were needed as fittings for wooden telegraph poles were stolen overnight on Wednesday, causing further delays to work starting.

Because of the ongoing inconvenience, Northern Grid supplied a catering van at the village hall from first thing Thursday morning, to allow villagers to access hot food and drinks if they were struggling without power.

Supervisor in charge of works Jim Insch said thefts of steel laid out for the job do happen now and again, and caused only a slight delay.

He said: “People were very understanding generally, especially when they realised we were doing work to replace old with new and upgrade the system to make it more tolerant during bad weather.”

Mrs Louise Pearson, whose farm is in Wroot, said they managed to keep their power for the second day after complaining that they needed some supplied to fulfil a potatoes order.

She said: “We did manage without too much trouble. It is all right if we are informed of what is going to happen so that we can prepare for it. The first day took everyone a bit by surprise.”

And Barry Tonkinson of the Cross Keys pub in Wroot said business was largely unaffected by the cuts.

He said: “If the weather had been hot it would have given me a problem with the cellar. But as it was cold outside that was okay and we were pretty much able to carry on as usual.”

He added: “You just fill a flask and get on with it don’t you? I remember the 1970s when we seemed to have power cuts almost every day. These days, they’re usually caused by someone pinching cable.

“They seemed to do a pretty good job this time. I know some people went down to the village hall to use the mobile canteen. At least that facility was there.”

He was pleased that problems were all dealt with before the weekend when he staged the pub’s first themed night based around German bottled beers and foodstuffs.

“We held a cider week recently and that seemed to go well so I thought we would try something else,” he said.