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Richard and his trusty digger to the rescue as Newbourne is cut off by snow

PUBLISHED: 13:39 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 March 2018

Richard Welham was out clearing roads blocked by snow in Newbourne. Picture: DAMON JONES

Richard Welham was out clearing roads blocked by snow in Newbourne. Picture: DAMON JONES

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The village of Newbourne would have been totally cut off due to snow drifts covering the roads- if it weren’t for Richard Welham and his trusty digger.

Mr Welham, of Clappits Plant Hire, has been ploughing snow off the routes in and around the village in the aftermath of the ‘Beast from the east’, working late into the night to make sure people can get back to their homes.

Despite not being on Suffolk highway’s list of contracted snow clearers, Mr Welham was determined to get out there and help.

On Friday evening, he was out past midnight, battling the elements to make sure the village was open.

Mr Welham said the roads had been completely covered by snow drifts, making the village almost inaccessible.

“We did out little bit,” he said.

“We were out the first day and both roads into Newbourne were totally blocked by snow, and by stranded cars as well.

“We got that clear and open for cars by 2pm.
“Then the wind got up and we ended up clearing up again at tea time.

“Then we were out again later clearing up at 11pm.

Mr Welham said the powdery snow and high winds made clearing the roads an ongoing battle.

“It was the drifts that caused all the problems, it was when the wind got up.

“The snow was just powder.

“I haven’t seen it like that for years. There are some old people’s homes and some bungalows for older people in the village so it is a case of keeping things moving so that people can get out and deliveries for local businesses can get in.”

Damon Jones, who owns a caravan park in the village, praised Mr Welham for his dedication and hard work.

“He was out there past midnight the last two nights, clearing snow and pulling cars out,” he said.

“These guys have done this off their own back and deserve the recognition.”

Suffolk’s farmers have received high praise for their efforts keeping the rural roads around the county flowing.

Suffolk highways has 114 farmers on call, ready to help out when the weather gets severe, with more than 70 joining the efforts to clear the snow.

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