The lovely weather brings mixed results to various sides of northern life
The lovely weather hasn’t been a blessing to everybody. In Scarborough, an elderly woman is recovering after being trapped in a deckchair for six hours.
The 83-year-old took the chair out on the balcony of her second floor flat to enjoy the sunshine first thing in the morning, but at 8am its fabric seat ripped and she was left stuck.
No one realised until a fire tender came past by chance along Northway, where she lives, just before 2pm and its crew saw her signalling for help. They clambered up to ease her out and downstairs and took her for a check-up at Scarborough district hospital. A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire fire and rescue says:
This was an unusual incident, but firefighters are trained for every eventuality.
The warmth has been a bonus for the first consignment of 6000 trees which are being imported from Germany to help green Manchester City’s training complex on 100 acres opposite their Etihad stadium. The £110 million development is trying to be as ecological as possible, and an ‘instant wood’ is part of the package.
The trees had been facing a possibly long spell in a nursery acclimatising to north western weather, ie rain, but late May’s excellence has got them off to a good start. Their provenance has triggered an interesting debate on the unofficial City website BlueMoon about their provenance. German trees ‘are more efficient’ is the theory holding sway.
Finally in this brief pot pourri of early evening, weather-related, northern facts, our fish friers have responded to the Government’s leniency on Cornish pasties. Warm conditions may not seem ideal for lots of delicious batter, fish and chips, but the trade is doing well and remains the UK’s favourite fast food.
The friers are very reasonable and say that they “understand the reasoning behind the partial U-turn”, but understandably they would like to see all takeaway food treated equally. If pasties escape the full force of VAT, why not haddock, chips and scraps?
They append to their comments some historical notes which suggest that MPs should take their views seriously. Yorkshire friers won extra dripping in the First World War, in spite of the claims of the armaments industry which also needed animal fat for greasing weapons. And in the Second World War, fish and chips was taken off ration because they were seen as an easy, simple and essential source of nutrition for very large numbers of people.
The trade also employs 60,000 people and contributes £1.2 billion to the economy annually. Worth listening to what it has to say.