Snow squad unveils its secret weapon – a home-made plough

Reg Carruthers with the village snow plough, squad members Nathan Emblem and Steve Newman with the village's new shovels and squad organiser Brian Rogers with the grit spreader, shovel and hand-held snow plough donated by Northumberland County Council.
Reg Carruthers with the village snow plough, squad members Nathan Emblem and Steve Newman with the village's new shovels and squad organiser Brian Rogers with the grit spreader, shovel and hand-held snow plough donated by Northumberland County Council.

BELFORD’S renowned shovel squad, which has inspired similar groups in north Northumberland, is well-prepared for this winter with a new snow plough and gritter.

The squad, which consists of volunteers of all ages from all over the village in clearing paths and getting supplies to the elderly, is ready for the worst the winter can throw at the village thanks to Northumberland County Council and Gazette readers.

Squad member and parish councillor Reg Carruthers said: “We would like to thank Gazette readers for letting us know what make the 1959 grass-cutter was which we bought and thus allowed us to contact people to help renovate and make a new plough out of old beer barrels.

“We also have a load of snow shovels that people can buy for £5 from myself but full details are on the village website.”

Shovel squad founder and Belford bad weather scheme organiser Brian Rogers would also like to thank Northumberland County Council.

“I have to say that the county council has been very supportive in donating a grit spreader for paths, a small hand-held plough for the High Street and a specially reinforced shovel,” he said.

“In return for supplying the equipment the squad is committed to clearing snow and gritting certain footpaths in the village as part of the NCC winter roads plan.”

Further details can be found on the village website at www.belfordnorthumberland.co.uk