Winter returns to South Yorkshire with a vengeance

These photos where taken from spout lane looking towards bradfield.'Picture by reader Steve Robertson, of Stannington.
These photos where taken from spout lane looking towards bradfield.'Picture by reader Steve Robertson, of Stannington.
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CHILDREN went out on their sledges, old folk stayed in and wrapped up warm and motorists coped with trying driving conditions as up to nine inches of snow fell in some parts of Sheffield yesterday.

Even sporting events were cancelled – with non league football club Hallam FC cancelling its first ever match in April.

Nancy Grayson, a retired social worker who lives on the Westminster Estate, Lodge Moor, went out with a tape measure to record the depth of the snowfall.

“I always do it,” she said. “I measured nine inches on the top of my bin and it was still snowing at lunchtime.

“Snowfalls are usually only six or seven inches up here. I was due to go to the doctor’s but I had to cancel the appointment because I couldn’t get there.

“Very few people in my flats, who are mainly elderly, ventured out. Most have been inside keeping warm.”

Across the city in Wincobank, rain had washed the snow away by yesterday afternoon.

Sandra Birch, administrator at Flower Estate Community Centre, said: “It wasn’t too bad over here. People were able to get out to work without much of a problem. I think a lot of elderly people did not want to venture out. Out of 18 people who normally attend our lunch club there were just five.”

Property company boss David Slater lives at one of Sheffield’s highest places - Moscar, on the A57 between Hollow Meadows and Ladybower. He said: “We had seven inches of snow. My son, Julian, who is 12, was out snowboarding on the field behind our house but the A57 has been kept fantastically clear all the way between Ladybower and Sheffield, and everyone has been able to get to work despite the snow.

“But not everything’s been running smoothly.

“Hallam FC had to postpone a match for the first time I can remember due to snow in April.”

Mr Slater is chairman of the football club, whose reserve side was due to play Davy FC in the county senior league last night.

Pensioner Jean Russell, 74, said the snow had kept her trapped in her Bradway home, forcing her to abandon plans to meet up with a friend.

“There is three to four inches and although the road may have been gritted it is still covered,” she said.

“I had been due to go into town for some shopping and a bit of lunch with a friend, but we decided not to risk it. All this snow is a bit of a shock. It’s quite bad so I’m here at home.”

Ian Bunting, team leader at Edale Mountain Rescue Team, said about 10 motorists and lorry drivers had been rescued from the Peak District by lunchtime yesterday.

He added: “It’s not bad on the bottoms but on the tops it is like the throes of winter. We’ve had rescue teams on the Snake Pass and towards Buxton and Ashbourne on the A515.

“The main problem we’re having is people ignoring the ‘road closed’ sign on the A57 Snake Pass.

“I don’t know whether they’ve been trying to get to work or what but they’ve become stuck.”

Amanda Ward, of Matlock, was unable to get to work at the Heights of Abraham theme park. She said: “Work has shut today which means me losing a day’s pay. Not good when you’re paid hourly and not on salary.”

Clare Bradbury, 36, from Lowedges, said she was frustrated by the way some motorists were driving in the snow.

“It took me one-and-a-half hours to get from Lowedges to Manor Top, when it would normally just take a few minutes. The roads were full of idiot drivers,” she said.

And creative designer and illustrator Cindy Cheung, of Sheffield, said: “It was a complete nightmare! After a two hour trek I ended up turning around and walking back home.”