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Stafford residents forced to put Christmas dinner on hold during powercut

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

By Robin Scott

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STAFFORD residents had to put their Christmas dinner on hold yesterday after a power cut turned electric cookers off across the county town.

People in Stafford's ST16 took to Twitter early on yesterday to try to find out what had happened.

Former Stafford MP, David Kidney (@davidkidney) was one of the first to report a problem, tweeting just after 11:24am: "Turkey's in the oven and suddenly a power cut."

Davie Marshall (@DavieMarshall) of Friars Terrace, said they were experiencing 'rolling brownouts' with the power flickering on and off, describing it as 'worrying'.

Vee Scott (artbyvee), in Castlefields said: "Ours has gone off too. We had planned buffet food today and were going to do a proper Christmas meal tomorrow, but we will still need the oven on."

Lauren (@misscrawleymfl), of Rowley Avenue, confirmed they were also having problems, saying the power kept 'flicking back on and off'.

Western Power Distribution also used Twitter (@wpduk) to share news on the power cut, a spokesman for the company tweeting shortly after 11:24am: "We currently have a #powercut in the #Stafford #ST16 area. We apologise for the inconvenience and aim to restore supply by 13:00."

He said the problem was due to a 'high voltage fault'.

At 11:41he said: "We have restored the majority of supplies in the #Stafford #ST16 area. We aim to restore the remaining by 13:00.

And then at 12:11: "We are pleased to say that all supplies in the #Stafford #ST16 area have now ben restored. Sorry for the disruption."

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