Radio station forced off air as power cut hits hundreds of Teesdale residents and business (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Radio station forced off air as power cut hits hundreds of Teesdale residents and business
HUNDREDS of residents and businesses were without electricity yesterday afternoon (Weds) after part of Teesdale suffered a power cut.
At one point, 570 properties were affected and a community radio station was forced off the air.
A spokesman for network provider Northern Powergrid said a grounded conductor which had come off a pylon at Lartington had caused the problem.
The area affected included Barnard Castle and many villages further up the dale. Eggleston and Middleton-in-Teesdale were unaffected.
Following a loss of electricity lasting just a few seconds shortly after midday, power was lost at about 1.05pm.
Engineers managed to restore electricity to some customers within 60 minutes but others were still waiting to be reconnected hours later.
Barnard Castle-based Radio Teesdale was off air for about 75 minutes.
Station manager Peter Dixon said apart from the initial short loss of power, presenter Katey Wallace's lunchtime show went ahead as normal.
However, the business programme which followed, hosted by John Atkinson, had to be scrapped.
The show was due to launch this year's Teesdale Business Awards and has now been rescheduled for Monday morning.
Mr Atkinson said: “I hadn't got the introductions done before the power went – let's hope for better luck on Monday.”
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