Swaffham stallholders not put off by heavy snowfall

Stallholders have been selling their produce at the Swaffham farmers' market today despite several inches of snow that fell across Norfolk last night.

About eight stalls are set up in the Market Place for the monthly attraction and there have been several customers looking around the market today, according to town mayor Shirley Matthews.

Mrs Matthews said: 'I was amazed to see so many people out and about this morning. There are a few children with their sledges in the town too.'

She added that a snowplough was driven through the town centre this morning just after 9am.

Councillor Ian Sherwood, who is ward councillor for Swaffham on Breckland Council, tweeted this morning that volunteers from the town had been clearing the snow.

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The civic service at the church of St Peter and St Paul in Swaffham, where members of 11 (AC) Squadron from RAF Marham will be made honorary citizens of the town, is still expected to go ahead at 3.30pm today.

In Dereham, parents, children and teenagers are out and about in the town centre on their sledges or visiting the shops.

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There was less traffic on the roads in mid Norfolk this morning and there have been no major accidents so far in the area.

The X1 First bus service, which runs through Dereham, is continuing to run from Lowestoft in Suffolk to Peterborough.

But Chris Brenton, duty controller for First buses, said that the X1 buses would not stop at Narborough, near Swaffham, and Toftwood, on the outskirts of Dereham, because of the icy conditions.

For information about the bus service today ring 08456 020121.

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