Day: 25 March 2013

There’s a sense of excitement about snow. We listen avidly to any news report that might predict an imminent fall. The moment there is rumour of a local flake, we stare out of the window. The phone rings. “Is it settling where you are?” “Yes,” you reply before tweeting: “#uksnow Ludlow 8/10 – a real blizzard here.” As soon as they are allowed, the kids are out snowballing, sliding and – if it’s the right sort of snow – making snowmen. But the return of snow so late in March has been more than unwelcome. It’s bad for Ludlow’s tourist industry – numbers were seriously down last year, hit by the miserable weather. The town was almost deserted last Saturday and Sunday. The problem is compounded because it’s hard for residents to get into town along the icy pavements. Only a car drivers have their way cleared by the councils. A tractor completes clearance of Ludlow road but the pavements remain snowbound Most the buses ran last Saturday (thanks guys!), but many people could not get to the bus stop because the pavements were lethally icy. And of course, car drivers have to pay to park on the streets on…

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