A wintery blast

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STORMY weather wreaked havoc across north Northumberland this week.

Roads were left strewn with branches and electricity supplies were cut as gusts of up to 75mph were recorded in Boulmer on Tuesday.

In Swarland, 284 properties were cut off between 1.25pm and 6.25pm because of overhead-line damage, while homes at Hazon Farm Cottages were out for the same period and again from 10pm after a tree branch snapped and fell onto the line. But power was back on at 9am yesterday.

Trees were blown onto roads around north Northumberland,

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including on the A697 near Longframlington, the B6342 at Rothbury, and Northumberland Street in Alnwick - an incident which caused minor damage to two vehicles.

The windy weather even grounded Father Christmas and his sleigh.

Santa was due to make a visit to Broomhill and Acklington on Tuesday night, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Amble and Warkworth, but was halted because of the conditions.

Youngsters in the area will still get the chance to tell Santa their Christmas wishes though, after he decided to reschedule and visit the villages on Wednesday next week, between 5.30pm and 8pm.

The Met Office is forecasting a 70 per cent chance of severe cold weather with some snow and icy conditions until Monday.

See page 25 for pictures from Saturdy’s sprinkling of snow