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Snow hits Wester Hailes

photo by Kevin Walsh

Its not the first time that Wester Hailes has been hit by heavy snow although this is probably the worst conditions there have been for many years! The Sentinel reported on the weather conditions but also took action when it was needed.  Back in 1987, they set up a help line to make sure that those who were struggling with the extreme conditions received the practical help and support they needed.  From hot meals to mending burst pipes, the Sentinel and the Rep Council co-ordinated the emergency response.  The Lothian Regional Council provided funds of £100,000 for voluntary groups who were helping others across the city.  You can read about the Sentinel’s efforts by clicking here .

We’ve also brought you the following picture, taken in February 2001.  Snow storms created wide spread chaos with roads blocked and trains stuck in drifts.  Swans looking for food ended up on the tow path pecking at the buds on the newly planted trees along the canal. 

photo by Kevin Walsh

Finally, here’s another snowy scene.  We’re not sure when this was taken but as you can see, it was definitely in winter!  If you have more information about this photo, it would be great to hear from you.

photo by Kevin Walsh


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