Search

Power company apologises after hundreds of Dereham residents missed Diamond Jubilee coverage in power cut

18:32 08 June 2012

One cannot be viewed: A power cut left hundreds of people in the Dereham area unable to view the Thames pageant on TV. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

One cannot be viewed: A power cut left hundreds of people in the Dereham area unable to view the Thames pageant on TV. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A power company has apologised to hundreds of customers who were unable to watch live TV coverage of the Diamond Jubilee floatilla because of a seven-hour power cut.

Homes across the Westfield area south of Dereham were plunged into darkness at about 2.16pm on Sunday June 3, just as the historic centrepiece of the celebrations was nearing its climax.

Pensioner Ralph Flewellin and his wife Valerie, who uses a wheelchair, had been particularly looking forward to the live footage.

Mr Flewellin said: “The wife was looking forward to seeing the boats coming down the Thames and we couldn’t see a thing about it. In the evening news they showed you the procession, but in about one minute. It’s definitely not the same as seeing it live.

“It was a one-off event after so many years on the throne, and we were thrown into darkness. It was something for us to look forward to, but it was just one of those things.”

Morrisons in Dereham also suffered repeated power cuts, having to close because the tills would not work. It reopened when power was restored, only to shut once more when it cut off again.

UK Power Network said 226 customers were hit after tree branches damaged its overhead network in bad weather, and although supplies were restored to 127 customers at 5.40pm, the rest were not reconnected until 9.03pm.

A spokesman said: “Progress of repairs was hindered as the damaged lines were over marshland, which prevented vehicle access. We appreciate how difficult it is to be without electricity and apologise to all those affected, particularly at a time of national celebration.”

0 comments

Other news

Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A district is in the middle of a housing bonanza as applications for more than 700 new homes could be approved by its council.

Yesterday, 09:48
The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground to launch the East Anglia's Children's Hospices the nook appeal. Cerys Emeerith-Burley, left, 7; presents a posy to the Duchess, with her friend, Caitlyn Chesher-Brazier, 8; both from Queen's Hills Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Duchess of Cambridge today sent a message of support to hospices across the UK to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week.

Yesterday, 06:29
Percy Norton, still fishing at the age of 102, pictured at the Norfolk and Suffolk Flyfishers' Society lakes at east Tuddenham, near Norwich. Picture: Chris Bishop

His eyes might not be quite as sharp as they were when he first picked up a fishing rod, the best part of a century ago.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Locals are protesting about proposed plans to build 62 new homes at Neatherd Moor in Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Marie Horne, Sharon Cavill, David Smith, Julie Walmsley, Roger Hollett and Paul Walmsley. Picture: Ian Burt

Proposals to build 62 homes next to land listed as one of the most valuable nature habitats in Norfolk have been recommended for approval by a council planning officer.

Most Read

Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A district is in the middle of a housing bonanza as applications for more than 700 new homes could be approved by its council.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:48
The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground to launch the East Anglia's Children's Hospices the nook appeal. Cerys Emeerith-Burley, left, 7; presents a posy to the Duchess, with her friend, Caitlyn Chesher-Brazier, 8; both from Queen's Hills Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Duchess of Cambridge today sent a message of support to hospices across the UK to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:29
Percy Norton, still fishing at the age of 102, pictured at the Norfolk and Suffolk Flyfishers' Society lakes at east Tuddenham, near Norwich. Picture: Chris Bishop

His eyes might not be quite as sharp as they were when he first picked up a fishing rod, the best part of a century ago.

Read more
Mattishall
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Locals are protesting about proposed plans to build 62 new homes at Neatherd Moor in Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Marie Horne, Sharon Cavill, David Smith, Julie Walmsley, Roger Hollett and Paul Walmsley. Picture: Ian Burt

Proposals to build 62 homes next to land listed as one of the most valuable nature habitats in Norfolk have been recommended for approval by a council planning officer.

Read more
Taylor Wimpey
Thursday, May 19, 2016
How well do you know your Norfolk Broads? Take our photo quiz below to find out. 

Pictures by Mike Page.

Norfolk has more than 120 miles of navigable waterways throughout the county, but how well do you know the Norfolk Broads? Take our photo quiz to find out.

Read more
Quiz

Most Commented

Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A district is in the middle of a housing bonanza as applications for more than 700 new homes could be approved by its council.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:48
The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground to launch the East Anglia's Children's Hospices the nook appeal. Cerys Emeerith-Burley, left, 7; presents a posy to the Duchess, with her friend, Caitlyn Chesher-Brazier, 8; both from Queen's Hills Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Duchess of Cambridge today sent a message of support to hospices across the UK to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:29
Percy Norton, still fishing at the age of 102, pictured at the Norfolk and Suffolk Flyfishers' Society lakes at east Tuddenham, near Norwich. Picture: Chris Bishop

His eyes might not be quite as sharp as they were when he first picked up a fishing rod, the best part of a century ago.

Read more
Mattishall
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Locals are protesting about proposed plans to build 62 new homes at Neatherd Moor in Dereham. Pictured are (from left) Marie Horne, Sharon Cavill, David Smith, Julie Walmsley, Roger Hollett and Paul Walmsley. Picture: Ian Burt

Proposals to build 62 homes next to land listed as one of the most valuable nature habitats in Norfolk have been recommended for approval by a council planning officer.

Read more
Taylor Wimpey
Thursday, May 19, 2016
How well do you know your Norfolk Broads? Take our photo quiz below to find out. 

Pictures by Mike Page.

Norfolk has more than 120 miles of navigable waterways throughout the county, but how well do you know the Norfolk Broads? Take our photo quiz to find out.

Read more
Quiz

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up