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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Christmas Day power cuts in Cumbria

Homes and businesses were hit by Christmas Day power cuts.

Electricity North West said many villages and towns, particularly around Wigton and on the west Cumbria coast, were affected on Christmas Eve due to the storms and high winds.

The power cuts lasted for several hours on Tuesday and continued into Christmas Day.

Some of the areas hit by the outages included Dockray, Oulton, Kirkbride, Abbeytown, Silloth, Allonby, Oughterside, and Whitehaven.

Mitchell Budett, landlord of The Wheatsheaf in Abbeytown, said: “We had no electricity on for about three hours on Christmas Eve.

“And then on Christmas Day we were without power at a few random points throughout the day for about 10 minutes at a time.

“We expected to be busy on Christmas Eve so it did affect trade but we got the candles out and had a good day so it wasn’t too big a deal in the end.”

Electricity North West confirmed that all power had been restored to the affected areas and there were no further reports of outages today.

There were also interruptions to power supplies in Dumfriesshire.

Power flickered at a number of homes in places including Annan on Christmas Day.  Some people reported their electricity going off briefly in the afternoon.

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