Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Snow brings out good samaritans

It's less the Blitz Spirit, more the Blizzard Spirit. Very few industries in Northern Ireland have been hit harder during the downturn than construction and farming.

Which makes it so heartening to see companies like JF Digger Hire, already coping with skyrocketing diesel prices, and Thornton Roofing, faced with a decline in the building trade, being among the first to leap to the aid of farmers and families trapped by the snow.

Farmers and contractors, often off their own bat, have been using their tractors and diggers to help neighbours escape impassable lanes and deliver provisions. Workers have gone above and beyond, leaving their day jobs to help people snowbound without food for themselves or shelter for their animals. And despite criticisms, I can confirm that DRD Roads Service and NIE workers were out in dreadful conditions trying to re-open roads and re-establish power to those in remote areas who had been without electricity for days. In these difficult times, it is great to see people rolling up their sleeves and helping friends, neighbours and even strangers in need.