SNOWBOUND and shivering residents in north east Fife and Kinross-shire have been showing ‘true grit’ in the current Arctic weather conditions.
Local people have been forced to struggle on through the worst start to winter for more than 40 years.
While some vented their ire on Cupar-born transport minister Stewart Stevenson following gridlock in central Scotland this week, local people set an example by invoking the ‘Dunkirk’ spirit in their communities.
People in Newburgh responded to an initiative by local mum-of-two Gayle Thomson.
Dozens of residents turned out to help clear paths and pavements in the town
Cupar pensioner Agnes Laing trudged to the Fife Herald office from her home in Dalgairn Crescent on Tuesday specially to extend thanks to two of her neighbours, Brian Rollo and John Robertson, who spent days clearing snow from the pavements from Upper Dalgairn all the way down to Burnside, through Dalgairn Crescent and the Newtown.
“I think I can speak for everyone who uses this path when I say that these two men did a marvellous job and we are all very grateful,” said Mrs Laing.
“There are a lot of elderly people in this neighbourhood and Brian and John couldn’t have been more helpful.”
Community spirit was also alive and well in Auchtermuchty, from where 79-year-old Isobel Calley called to express her appreciation of the ‘good Samaritans’ who helped her and her neighbours living in sheltered housing in The Riggs.
“One lady was a care worker who couldn’t get to work in Cupar, so she spent her time clearing our footpaths and doorways,” said Mrs Calley.
“There was also a family who helped clear the snow so that our houses were accessible.
“I don’t know who they were but their efforts made such a difference.”
Meanwhile, parents, staff and children at Springfield Primary School heeded a rallying cry from headteacher Donald Gillespie last Friday, who had texted them in a bid to get the school re-opened by Monday.
Though all their hard work ended in frustration thanks to fresh snowfalls, Mr Gillespie described the exercise as ‘Curriculum for Excellence in the real world!”
Volunteer Centre Fife has urged people unable to take part in their regular volunteering activities to help out by assisting elderly neighbours, perhaps clearing paths or collecting shopping.
n Full coverage of the big freeze on pages two and three.