Kentish Express Ashford & District
THREE DAYS OF SNOW
Fun for some but many face travel chaos
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.