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Racing abandoned due to snow

PUBLISHED: 09:45 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 July 2010

RACING has been abandoned at Great Yarmouth Racecourse today due to snow.

It would have been the opener to the flat season and was billed as a family fun event, with races for youngsters on the track.

RACING has been abandoned at Great Yarmouth Racecourse today due to snow - and the Pleasure Beach remains closed due to wind-damage.

The racecourse even would have been the opener to the flat season and was billed as a family fun event, with races for youngsters on the track.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach has remained closed all weekend after high winds blew the roof off the park's offices.

Owner Albert Jones took the decision to close the attraction for the third successive day this morning (Monday).

Mr Jones described the closure as “devastating” on the first Bank Holiday weekend of the year and estimated the Pleasure Beach would lose thousands of pounds. However, he said he was thankful the roof of the office, situated in the centre of the park, had not blown off when visitors were around.

The accident happened in high winds just before opening time on Saturday.

While spring has officially sprung, new daffodils were spattered with snow and police said there were a number of accidents caused by the icy conditions, with Suffolk and the west of Norfolk worst hit.

More than 700 people lost power in villages near Stalham on Saturday after high winds brought down overhead cables. Homes were cut off at about 12.30am, with 747 customers in Dilham, East Ruston and Brumstead affected, said an EDF spokesman. Many were back on within “a couple of hours” and all were reconnected by just after 3pm, he added.

Today, residents in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston areas woke up to a thick blanket of snow, which part melted but snow continues to fall mid-morning - much to the delight of many children, and to the brave walkers on the Golden Mile beaches.

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