A power cut hit parts of the Holme valley - but brought Christmas smiles to others.

For generous staff at Wooldale Co-op salvaged food from their dead freezers and chillers and donated it to the food bank based at the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield.

In all, they handed over more than £2,000 worth of meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables to the centre.

There were even some party food specials for the centre staff to distribute to needy families.

At the moment the Welcome Centre is helping 200 people each week.

Electricity supplies to parts of Wooldale went off late on Tuesday night and remained off this morning before coming back on around lunchtime.

Empty shelves at Wooldale Co-op after the power cut
Empty shelves at Wooldale Co-op after the power cut
 

Several areas in the village centre and at Cartworth Bank were hit, and Northern Powergrid engineers worked to restore supplies to customers.

Staff turned up for work at Wooldale Co-op shortly before 7.30am and were unable to get in because the electric shutters were jammed. They finally managed to get into the shop and found power had been disrupted since 10.30pm on Tuesday.

Co-operative Society accountant Emma Mitchell said: “It was obvious the freezer and chiller cabinets had been off so we salvaged the food and decided to donate it.

“We loaded it into our cars and drove down to Huddersfield. The staff at the Welcome Centre were delighted.

“I’m just glad we could do something useful rather than throw it away”.

The Wooldale society was established in 1876 and has branches in Wooldale, Thongsbridge and New Mill.