Meet those who braved the snow to carry on working
PUBLISHED: 17:26 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:13 27 February 2018
It was a day many of us were tempted to stay at home in the warm rather than venture out in the freezing temperatures.
But these hardy workers refused to let a bit of snow stop them from serving their communities.
Despite a thick covering of snow in the early hours, delivery men and women across East Anglia braved the elements and managed to maintain a normal service.
James Browse, owner of News Delivery Ltd, said: “I have spent much of the day thanking our staff, all of which completed their rounds. One delivery person needed rescuing by a tractor and others only completed their rounds after 1.30pm.
“We will of course strive to get everyone’s order to them whatever the weather.”
David Hinsely voluntarily delivers newspapers every day around Marsham near Aylsham - and the 77-year-old did not let the snow get in the way.
He said: “I was up at 5.30am this morning when I went to pick up the papers. The national newspapers weren’t there but the good old EDPs were.
“The temperature in the car this morning was -5C. The car started all right but the clutch was frozen and I couldn’t get it in gear to begin with.
“There’s a guy here who is a representative of a brick company and he walks around in shorts all year round, I don’t know how he does it.”
Mark Stubbs, owner of Dereham News, employs around 24 boys and girls and two adults who deliver newspapers over a 25-mile area. Mr Stubbs had sympathy and gratitude for his staff who fought the unfavourable conditions.
He said: “I suspect they had a little bit of a tough time this morning. Things arrived slightly later, but everybody got through their workload, they’re all very reliable.
“I’ve been doing this for 36 years, we know how to do things. It’s a little more challenging but as long as the papers get there on time and everybody is safe then we’re happy.”
Darron McLoughlin, circulation director at Archant, said: “As is the norm in these moments of difficulty, the teams did an amazing job with over 800 retailers receiving copies on time despite tough conditions on roads and in particular rural routes.
“It never fails to amaze me how organised this whole supply process from computer to letterbox is.”