Power cuts 'cost me thousands'

PUBLISHED: 13:34 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

‘It’s been a nightmare’ says publican Bill

'It's been a nightmare' says publican Bill

A PUB manager has described power cuts in one town as a nightmare . The Doctor s Tonic pub in WGC was badly affected during two cuts and has lost thousands of pounds in takings. The WHT reported earlier this month that more than 80 homes and businesses l

A PUB manager has described power cuts in one town as "a nightmare".

The Doctor's Tonic pub in WGC was badly affected during two cuts and has lost thousands of pounds in takings.

The WHT reported earlier this month that more than 80 homes and businesses lost electricity for 15 hours after an explosion at a sub-station on Church Road.

On Saturday last week power was lost again after a temporary generator EDF Energy supplied failed.

Pub manager Bill Menzies said: "It has cost us thousands of pounds. It was a nightmare."

During the first power cut he had to close and during the second he could not serve food.

He said: "We had candles everywhere. But there was a good atmosphere because the customers got behind us and the staff were fantastic.

"They managed to keep the place running under the most difficult circumstances."

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy confirmed 20 customers had been left without power again after one of the generators had broken down.

She said: "EDF would like to apologise to customers in WGC who have been inconvenienced by recent interruptions to their power supply.

"Regrettably, customers were left without power after one of these generators failed."

The spokeswoman added extensive work would be carried out to repair the network and return customers to their normal supply as soon as possible.

Residents can claim a payment of £50 and business customers can claim £100 if they have been without power for more than 18 hours.

n Do you think EDF acted promptly enough? Have your say by logging on to www.whtimes24.co.uk or emailing naiomi.madden@whtimes.co.uk

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