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Police warn drivers as events are cancelled due to high winds

A tree on Springfield Road has blown over due to strong winds in Gorleston, taking a wall down with it.

A tree on Springfield Road has blown over due to strong winds in Gorleston, taking a wall down with it.

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Police have warned drivers to drive to the conditions as strong winds have brought down a number of trees across the region.

The A1067 at Guist is blocked in both directions at the junction with the B1110 because of a fallen tree while Hembsy Road in Martham is also partially blocked.

Numerous events have also been cancelled including both Fakenham and Burnham Market’s Christmas lights being switched on.

Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan said: “We decided we couldn’t risk anybody getting hurt.

“We are looking to possibly rearrange it.

“The lights will still go on but there won’t be a switch on as such. We are absolutely gutted but I’m afraid looking at the weather we decided it was safer to call it off.”

Sculthorpe Moor, near Fakenham, has closed its reserve due to high winds however the visitor centre is open as normal and the Autumn Owl Prowl event in the evening will go ahead as planned.

Norfolk police used their Twitter feed to caution drivers saying: “#Norfolkroads VERY WINDY - numerous trees down - drive carefully - be prepared - drive to the conditions”.

Bus company  Norfolk Green tweeted: “A tree has fallen in #Stiffkey causing some issues at the moment. We’ll keep you updated!”

Has an event you were planning to attend or organised been affected by the weather? Write to doug.faulkner@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • You'll mean Liberty Bell rather than 'Liberty Belle', which is the name of an aircraft or a comicbook superhero. Speaking of comics, thanks for the entertaining banter Backwoodsman. Keep supporting your town!

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    somebloke

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

  • Interestingly, 'The Liberty Belle' is my old Army mobs' signature tune...That was a long time ago, though, and my lot don't even exist any more thanks to 'Restructuring'. Anyway, where were we? Oh, yes, the codpiece reference-very good! That's going in the book (so already a bit thicker). Not me, the book. I mean, I actually live in Fakey, so am aware of most of its good points, and all of its bad ones, but don't even get me started on Comer! 'They' moan at my meanderings there as well. Positive things about Fakenham? Lovely buildings, nice people in the shops I frequent (The Sally Army Charity Shop in particular) nice river walks. You already know the bad things, I'm sure...

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    backwoodsman

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • For what it's worth Backwoodsman, my sense of humour is Pythonesque and I suspect you realise when you're talking to a volunteer because they're busy doing things for your benefit at an event you're taking advantage of and plan to whinge about later. The first sentence of that whinge usually beginning with the word 'They'. Glad your planned volume is slim - at least you're a positive contributor to our environment. To save even more paper, you could use my barrier-chasing scenario as both a frontispiece and a codpiece. A dual-use publication could broaden its appeal. Maybe it would actually double the appeal, so make sure to print a couple of copies.

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    somebloke

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • I'm sure your sense of humour is acute. Possibly more 'Terry & June' than my anarchic brand. I'm flattered that you think my comments affect anything in this world, as I only tap away for my own amusement-mostly. I intend to collate my more memorable ramblings into a very slim volume entitled (provisionally) 'Nonsense in a Flat Landscape'. I like your story about the hail driven crash barriergazebo scenario, and may use that as an illustrated frontispiece, if I may? Seriously, I am well aware of the value of volunteers in an increasingly uncaring society, and I admire you all for your stoic and enthusiastic (can those two words be used in conjunction, I wonder?) efforts. As an aside, why is one can always tell if one is talking to a volunteer? It must be something about the demeanour, like traffic wardens and coalmen..... You see? I just start rambling incoherently after a while, so please don't take anything I say personally....

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    backwoodsman

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • Backwoodsman: Your brand of humour wasn't the issue, it was the subject - this particular joke wears very thin after hearing it from so many 'comedians'. Sniping (making sly or petty verbal attacks) about your town helps nobody and actually works against the efforts of those who are willing to put their money where their mouth in trying to make improvements. In effect your negative comments are actually making things worse! Better to use your abilities to positive effect if you're able. It isn't as easy as being a keyboard critic, but you'll find that being positive is better for everyone, including yourself in the long term. Oh and no need to worry about my sense of humour - it still works while standing under a wet gazebo or chasing after a blown-away street barrier in hail, you'll be pleased to know. There. I hope that's been helpful for you. No need for thanks. And I've even waived my invoice for lifestyle advice - but just this one time :)

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    somebloke

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • My brand of sardonic humour may not be to your taste, but at least humour exists in my life! As a town centre resident, I can find plenty to 'snipe' about in Fakenham (traffic chaos, speeding, drunken louts, constant noise, litter, etc.) but the buildings are lovely...... It was genuinely disappointing that the switch on didn't take place, especially as later on in the day conditions were perfect. Never mind. Anyway, back to my armchair......

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    backwoodsman

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • Backwoodsman: it's a real shame the public were 'distressed', but the decision to cancel the Fakenham event had to be made on the day, leaving no time to arrange for local notifications to the public. The organisers turned out in that really nasty weather early in the morning and there was nobody more disappointed than them when the call had to be made hours into their event preparations. Just a reminder that they are a bunch of volunteers willing to give up their time for the improvement of their town and they don't appreciate or deserve sniping (in this case, 'Fakenham-bashing') from armchair critics. If you're unable to roll your own sleeves up to help Fakenham or whatever town you're in for some reason (obviously some people simply can't do it, as much as they'd like to get involved), you might at least limit your criticisms to constructive comments. If you do already get involved as a community or town volunteer, you should probably already know better. Thanks.

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    somebloke

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

  • The cancellation of the Fakenham lights switch on was very distressing. There were families walking round town looking very upset and in tears. (but that might just have been because they were walking round Fakenham)

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    backwoodsman

    Sunday, November 22, 2015

  • When I was working in Denmark the roads were soon cleared of fallen trees. Families with pick up trucks came along with chain saws and cleared the areas, stocking up the logs for their wood burners.

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    Grey Fox

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

  • If you want to know about which roads are open or not then search for the BBC Norfolk Travel page. It usually seems quite good, if a little slow to update when problems are cleared.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

  • Ok tree down, it would be really helpful to know if anything is being done to clear the tree off the road and when the road will be reopened.

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    Stop Press

    Saturday, November 21, 2015

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