AN all-day power cut left residents in the dark and businesses in chaos.
Shops and pubs around Holmfirth were forced to trade without lighting, heating or telephones as the electricity shut off from about 9am to midnight on Wednesday.
And a near fully-booked Old Bridge Hotel, Market Walk, had to find its guests alternative accommodation when the lights went out after breakfast.
Assistant manager Rachel Armstrong said: “We had to close for the day because the emergency power had gone for health and safety.
“Everyone was very understanding but we couldn’t charge them. It’s hard to say yet how much money we lost.
“There was no warning about it. We rang up the electricity board and they tried to be helpful but we didn’t find out until the evening what time the power was going back on.”
Meanwhile diners at Hervey’s Wine Bar, Norridge Bottom, gathered around the oven to stay warm at an impromptu candlelit sausage and mash supper.
Owner Hazel Shaw said: “We managed but only just. Then we had to close our doors because it was freezing. There was no warning or explanation.
“It was pretty chaotic. Even our mobile phones weren’t working so we couldn’t ring to cancel people’s bookings.
And at Andrew’s Greengrocers, on Huddersfield Road, customers scrambled in the dark for their fruit and veg.
Owner Andrew Bray said: “People couldn’t see what they were buying and our takings were down.”
“But the village rallied around us and lent us some lamps.”
A spokesman for CE Electric UK said: “We are conducting a survey of the high voltage overhead lines in the area which will enables us to assess the performance of the electricity network locally and identify the improvements we can make in the short term.
“At the same time, we are drawing up a development plan to enhance the network generally and reduce the frequency of power cuts.
“We are sorry for the severe disruption that power cuts are causing here and assure residents and businesses that we are working hard to carry out any work necessary to improve the security of the local electricity supply. We will keep our customers informed of our progress.”