The first snows of winter…have you got a prize-winning picture?

THE UNPREDICTABLE snows that brought havoc to Saddleworth provided an unexpected bonus for amateur photographers.

Because alongside the day to day drama of moving round the community, you were out capturing the local scenes.

Heights snow blower
Heights snow blower

For example, this picture of a snow blower hard at work at Heights above Delph was taken by Michael Fancy, owner of the Royal Oak, which was completely cut off for a time.

“The blower came to our rescue,” said Michael. “It did a terrific job – well worth recording.”

And Julian Taylor from Uppermill got this happy picture of his young family enjoying themselves.

Meantime, Geoff Haigh, owner of the Rams Head at Denshaw – 1,212 feet up on the moors, claims to got pictures of the first snow flurries falling.

“We are a lifeline not just locally but for travellers seeking food and drink and an opportunity to shop at The Pantry, out in-house facility, with its wide range of quality goods.”

The council’s valiant armada of gritters, snow ploughs, blowers and teams of workers who shovelled snow from pavements and country lanes were applauded by grateful villagers.

Working round the clock, they kept vital Pennine links open with head of operations, Craig Dale commenting  at one point in the first week of the snows, conditions were the worse he had seen in 30 years.

“We took the precaution of gritting secondary roads ahead of the snows,” he said, “with the promise as far as possible to keep the primary highway network free of ice and snow.”

And Oldham Mountain Rescue Team attended at least 10 urban incidents at the beginning of the current snow deluge with their two Land Rover ambulances supporting the local ambulance service.

Have a taken a local snow scene picture this year you would like to share with our thousands of loyal readers?  Send it, in hi res, jpeg format, with full information of when and where it was taken, to: ken@saddind.co.uk. Pictures published may win a cool prize from Diggle-based Grandpa Greene’s luxury ice cream.

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