Two hours’ trading lost as town suffers another power cut

Businesses were left counting the cost again as a power cut wiped out electricity in Alnwick town centre and beyond last week.

On Friday morning, the electricity was lost at 10.25am with shops, banks, homes and traffic lights all affected.

The power was restored by 1.02pm, but it was back in some parts of the town, including Chapel Lands and Narrowgate, around an hour-and-a-half earlier.

A total of 2,440 properties were without power and there were reports of a drop in mobile phone signal.

A spokesman for Northern Powergrid said: “There was a fault on the underground cable in Alnwick between Howling Lane and the Shepherd’s Rest.

“I would like to apologise for the inconvenience this fault caused and I would like to reassure customers that engineers on site worked as quickly as possible to restore the electricity.”

It comes on the back of a spate of power outages in the town earlier in the summer, which, as last week, were during the height of the tourist season and the school summer holidays.

One of the businesses affected was Specially for You, which has recently relocated to Narrowgate after Bow Alley was closed, hitting trade.

Owner Margaret High said: “It’s the 21st century, you would think it wouldn’t happen these days. I’m not very happy.”

The location of the fault raised speculation that the roadworks taking place on Clayport Bank by the new housing development were reponsible, but the Northern Powergrid spokesman said they ‘had no reports of cable being damaged by a third party yet’.