Kentish Express Ashford & District

THREE DAYS OF SNOW

Fun for some but many face travel chaos

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It has been a varied week of weather extremes with rain before the weekend, followed by a day of bright blue skies which preceded the heaviest snowfall to hit the borough since the ‘Beast from the East’ three years ago.

Many of Ashford’s parks sprouted temporary lakes, and residents of Newtown were again cut off from Asda by flooding in the underpass.

But with lockdown rolling on, many welcomed the

Storm Darcy snow, especially youngsters fatigued by the ongoing restrictio­ns.

It led to a surge in sledge sales – particular­ly at Longacres Bybrook Barn in Kennington – and snowmen popped up on almost every street.

For some, it was their first chance to experience deep snow – and they weren’t going to let the opportunit­y go to waste.

Because the sight of snow can be delightful, especially if you’re old enough to go out and play in it.

Although that might not be the case for twins India and Byron Wright, it was certainly the case for their older brothers Albie, six, and Joseph, four (above).

The boys donned matching red coats and mustard woolly hats to dutifully hold their 15-week-old siblings for their first pictures in the snow.

Then the boys, who attend Aldington Primary School, set about making their own snowman in their garden in the village.

In High Halden, Andrew and Diane Ward, who run the Chequers on the Green, sent in photos “to show what bored pub landlords do with their time”.

They used one of the tables at the front of their pub to make four snowmen.

“We told them we were closed but some people won’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” they said.

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 ?? Picture: Frances Clifford ?? On Friday, the county enjoyed clear skies and sunshine - shown here in Woodchurch
Picture: Frances Clifford On Friday, the county enjoyed clear skies and sunshine - shown here in Woodchurch
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Andrew and Diane Ward, who run the Chequers on the Green in High Halden, made these brilliant snowmen at the front of their pub
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Olivia Adams took this of her six-month-old daughter Matilda
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A snowy statue at the Battle of Britain Memorial in Capel
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Diane Sayer took this lovely shot of St Mary’s in town
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A Covid test centre snowman at Eurogate
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 ??  ?? The snow sparked hazardous conditions - this is the M20 at J11a on Sunday
The snow sparked hazardous conditions - this is the M20 at J11a on Sunday
 ??  ?? Simon Bates used his drone to get beautiful, sweeping views over Bethersden
Simon Bates used his drone to get beautiful, sweeping views over Bethersden

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