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SLIDESHOW: Fun in the snow

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  • by Rebecca Draper
 

IT may have caused chaos on the roads and forced the closure Fylde coast schools, but people have been making the most of the snow while it lasts.

Rangers at Blackpool’s Stanley Park say there were plenty of children and families making snowmen and having snowball fights as the area was covered in a frosty white blanket yesterday morning.

Stanley Park and parks development manager at Blackpool Council Lisa Foden said: “There has been a lot of people having a very good time.

“I have never seen so many sledges as I have this year – I think people must have been getting ready for the snow. We have about half a foot here, which is more than enough for people to have a go down the slopes.”

The ranger team spent the morning gritting the park’s steps, pathways and roads, so it was safe for visitors.

Families in Fylde were also making the most of the winter weather thanks to a snowman competition at Park View playing fields in Lytham.

Organised by the Park View 4U community group, the competition was inspired by the recent John Lewis Christmas advert, and winner Abigail Moore, nine, was presented with a £40 gift voucher for the department store.

Park View ranger Julie Norman said: “Compared to the rest of the country our children usually miss out on the experience of heavy snow, which while being an inconvenience for most it is great fun for kids.

“Children benefit from playing outdoors in all seasons and experiencing all weathers,

“It’s a good excuse to get outside for some fresh air and exercise, whether it’s throwing snowballs or being creative with the snow. We had some fantastic entries and it was great to see families having fun together.”

The snow, a rarity in Blackpool, led to an appearance by the resort’s snow plough tram.

The distinctive bright yellow double decker was out clearing the tracks yesterday, keeping the trams on track during the snow flurry.

The 701, a 1934 ‘balloon’ tram, also traced the route from Starr Gate to Fleetwood on Friday, ferrying engineers around the coast to clear signals. It is one of two heritage trams fitted with a snow plough attachment which are on standby throughout the winter.

Brian Lindop, customer services manager for Blackpool Transport, said: “We have two designated snow ploughs which, this year, are two heritage trams which are not in regular service.

“Usually we get them ready but they never go out as it rarely snows on the Fylde. In my 17 years they’ve only been out three or four times.”

On the buses, Blackpool Transport was reporting only a little disruption. Some bus routes in outlying areas were affected, with Poulton, Staining and Lytham suffering notable delays.

Mr Lindop added: “All our buses are out there and on their route, but there are some gaps in service where drivers have had to go slow due to the weather and heavier traffic.

“In Blackpool itself, the gritters have been out and the roads are pretty good and everything has been running to timetable.”

At Blackpool Airport planes were flying as scheduled as there was not much ice on the ground.

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