The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News hand out warmth to cold sledgers and workers in snow in Norwich
12:32 16 January 2013
Children plummeted down St James’ Hill on bin bags and newly-bought sledges.
And to keep parents and children warm, the Evening News and EDP gave out free hand warmer packs to those braving the cold temperatures.
Shortly before 1pm snow began falling heavily in Norwich again, replacing the white stuff which had melted away throughout the morning.
Sam Conner, 45, from Heartsease, took her 17-month-old daughter Scarlett out to see snow for only the second time in her life.
“She loves it,” she said.
But for people working outside, the cold weather was a source of pain rather than pleasure. Postmen, builders, road sweepers, market traders and police officers all had to cope with freezing temperatures. To help warm them and to thank them for their work, the EDP and Evening News handed out chocolates and hand warmers to market traders, road sweepers and a Big Issue seller.
Norwich Market trader Ray Swinger, 50, said: “It’s been very cold out here and trade has also been very slow. The radio told people not to come into the city, so it has affected us – two inches of snow and the whole city comes to a standstill. We had plenty of warning we were going to get it.”
Traders packed up early due to a lack of custom as bad traffic on the roads coming into Norwich meant there were few people in the city yesterday afternoon.
Castle Mall, Chapelfield and Norwich’s Lanes were all quiet.
Those who did get into the centre struggled to get up Norwich’s icy hills with passers-by stopping to push stranded motorists.