Lights switch on hit by big freeze

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THE CHRISTMAS lights switch on in Monifieth on Thursday was just one of the events that succumbed to the wintry weather after the big freeze continued to bite this week.

The event was due to take place in Reform Street with entertainment provided by Monifieth Amateur Dramatics.

But heavy snowfall and plummeting temperatures meant that the official switch on had to be cancelled.

Monifieth Community Council chairman John Whellams explained: “The biggest problem was that the council were unable to get here with the lights that go on the Christmas tree.

“Plus with the weather being so unpredictable, we unfortunately had to take the decision to cancel the event.”

However, it is hoped both Monifieth and Carnoustie are now over the worst of the severe wintry weather, even though temperatures barely rose above freezing this week, but forecasters predict today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) will see a thawing of the snow.

Now with the slight increase in temperatures, warnings are now being issued about the dangers of icicles, which are starting to form on houses and other buildings.

And with the thaw, there is the danger that these icicles and snow from roofs may fall and Tayside Police are urging people to be careful, especially when walking next to buildings.

Angus Council, in partnership with Tayside Fire and Rescue, also warned of the dangers of falling icicles and said it is the legal responsibility of home owners to remove them when it is safe to do so.

On Monday most schools in the area were open as normal with only rural schools having to close their doors again.

Angus Council also said that even during the atrocious weather last week, most front line services continued to be delivered thanks to dedicated staff who battled the winter elements.

From co-ordinating a huge fleet of snow clearing vehicles, delivering community meals, or managing information about school closures, staff continued to maintain services in extreme conditions.

And by Tuesday, all council offices and other services were starting to return to normal.

However, forecasters predict even though conditions are improving the cold snap could last throughout the month and into the new year.