Bungay homes and businesses still without power

Landlord Richard Whyte, right, with Paul Clark and Jasmine Webb in candlelight at The White Swan. Pi

Landlord Richard Whyte, right, with Paul Clark and Jasmine Webb in candlelight at The White Swan. Picture: Amy Smith - Credit: Archant

Homes and businesses in the centre of Bungay were still without power last night, after an underground cable fault.

A sign on the door of Boots in Bungay. Picture: Amy Smith

A sign on the door of Boots in Bungay. Picture: Amy Smith - Credit: Archant

The power outage, which happened yesterday morning, affected 26 properties in the town, with engineers from UK Power Networks working into the night to fix the problem.

Boots in St Mary's Street was forced to close early, while staff at Coopers DIY store guided customers around with torches. Coopers' manager Louise English said: 'We didn't open for the first couple of hours because we thought it was going to come back on. We were operating from the back of the store and having to let customers in a few at a time and guide them around the store with torches. We couldn't do any card transactions and we've lost a lot of trade in what is our busiest time of the year.'

The White Swan was another business affected, with landlord Richard Whyte forced to light the pub with candles. He said: 'I was screening the Man United/West Ham game, too, so theoretically it could lose me a few hundred pounds.' A UK Power Networks spokesman said: 'We understand how difficult it is to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience.'

Have you been affected by the power cut? Email amy.smith@archant.co.uk or call 01502 712502.

Coopers in St Mary's Street was affected by the power outage yesterday. Picture: Amy Smith

Coopers in St Mary's Street was affected by the power outage yesterday. Picture: Amy Smith - Credit: Archant


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