Exmouth Christmas Cracker to go ahead despite ice rink delay

EXMOUTH’S Christmas Cracker will go ahead as planned despite one of the main attractions becoming stuck in snow during its transportation to the town.

A lorry carrying an ice rink, meant to be one of the highlights of this year’s festive extravaganza, became stuck in Folkstone on Thursday.

Mr Collins, Exmouth Town Centre manager, however, reassured people that the rink would be arriving but slightly later than expected.

He added: “The Christmas Cracker will be going ahead as planned.”

Looking forward to the rink’s arrival, he said: “It is brand new and a rink that is new to the UK. We will be the first to use it.”

Council gritters, meanwhile, have been working continuously to help keep Exmouth’s road clear as widespread snow covered large parts of the town at the end of this week.

The wintery conditions have caused major major disruption to Britain’s transport networks and forced hundreds of schools to close – but until this Thursday, Exmouth was almost devoid of snow.

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Despite most residents waking up to thick snow in some areas, all the schools in the town were unaffected and open as normal. Some bus and train services, however, were running behind schedule.

While there are still severe weather warnings in place for most of Britain, only occasional snow flurries are predicted for Devon over Friday and Saturday.

Met Office officials say temperatures in Exmouth and its surrounding areas are the coldest recorded in Devon in 17 years.