The wInterview: Meet the gritters

During the January snow one thing became abundantly clear to us at Norfolk Winter HQ – that many of you have a lot of respect and admiration for the people who grit the roads in the county.

While a lot of people found the 10 days or so that we had thick snow and ice on the ground very difficult, and some people didn’t think everything was done perfectly, the vast majority of the comments about the gritter drivers that were received on the Norfolk County Council Twitter account and the Norfolk Facebook page were full of praise.

Peter Willimott from Holt, who has been with the highways team for 31 years.
Peter Willimott from Holt, who has been with the highways team for 31 years.

They were so lovely in fact that we decided to come over a bit Blue Peter and bundled them up into a scrapbook to give to the gritters. We cut and stuck more than 60 comments, all received since the snow came down in the middle of January, and we may not have managed to get them all.

We took a trip to the Aylsham highways depot yesterday to present the scrapbook to Peter, Gill, Joe and Liam, four of the gritting team who are based there. While we were there we sat down and had a chat with them all, as well as their manager Jason Glasspoole, about their work and how they manage in the wintry weather. This is how the conversation went…

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Hats on for Bobble Day

Snow and freezing temperatures have made it difficult for all of us this winter and the Met Office is predicting that there may be the return of a little more snow and the odd minus number popping up on thermometers during the week.

Bobble Day is coming on Friday. Get your bobbles (which come in a range of colours) for a suggested donation of just £1. Credit: Howard Lake.

Bobble Day is coming on Friday. Get your bobbles (which come in a range of colours) for a suggested donation of just £1. Credit: Howard Lake.

Cold weather can make life particularly unpleasant, and even dangerous, for Norfolk’s vulnerable older people. However, on Friday everyone can help raise awareness and money to help make sure no one goes cold. Age UK Norfolk will explain exactly what it’s all about.

As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold – increasing the likelihood of a heart attack, stroke and pneumonia.

26,000 people die every year in the UK because of the effects of the cold weather and nine in 10 of those are older people. Last winter over 2,000 older people died due to the cold in the east of England alone.

Clearly it just isn’t right that so many older people suffer as badly as this purely because they don’t have the kind of heating that many of us simply take for granted.

This year at Age UK Norfolk, a warming winter fundraiser gives you the chance to help people who can’t afford to help themselves.

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