PHOTOS: Crowds bare cold and power cuts at Whalley Pickwick

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POWER cuts and freezing conditions failed to deter visitors from enjoying the festivities of this year’s Whalley Pickwick Night.

Pickwick Committe chairman Neil Martin said problems with the electricity supply had resulted in intermittent cuts to the power being supplied to the stalls, while the freezing and wet weather deterred visitors from staying for the duration of the evening.

Jennifer Boyes of Hummingbee Cakes gets into the festive spirit for Pickwick Night in Whalley.

Jennifer Boyes of Hummingbee Cakes gets into the festive spirit for Pickwick Night in Whalley.

“It is a three hour event, but because of the torrential rain and cold people stayed for a shorter period,” Neil explained.

However, he added that the number of people who had attended the event was comparable to previous years’ attendances.

“I’m totally impressed by people’s dedication to come out when it was such a cold and wet night,” he said.

A spokesperson for Electricity North West said there was an underground cable fault affecting 1,333 customers on Thursday at 8-14 p.m. with engineers arriving on site and working quickly to restore power to customers.

“Power was restored in stages with 853 customers restored by 8-25 p.m., 381 at 10-08 p.m. and the remaining 99 customers restored at 10-09 p.m.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and if you do experience any issues with your electricity please call our 24 hour free emergency line on 0800 195 4141.”