Night shift for Chirk shop staff after power failure

Published date: 17 February 2014 |
Published by: Rebecca Cole 
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STAFF at a food store were forced to hunker down in the shop for the night as a power cut meant the doors could not be secured.

Workers at Chirk’s Co-operative Food store were forced to keep guard after  the ferocious storms hit the electrics.

Supervisor Sharon Barry and her colleague Michelle Furber arrived at work at 2pm on Wednesday just before the gale-force winds reached their peak and were due to go home at 10pm.

But they ended up staying until the following morning after a power cut, which affected scores of homes in the town, knocked out the sliding door, shutter system and alarm.

The pair were enlisted to keep watch over the store due to the lack of security.

They managed to force the door shut and turn a manual lock, but have still spoken of the fear of the unexpected night.

“It was still pretty scary, though,” Sharon said.

“It was creepy to be in the shop at night with no lights on.

“Luckily, we managed to shut the door and the police were patrolling up and down for most of the night, but it’s not something I’d like to do again.

“Every little noise made us jump.”

Staff and customers in the shop at the time of the power cut, which hit at about 5pm, hoped the electricity supply would kick back in within five or 10 minutes, but it soon became clear they would not be so lucky this time.

Sharon admitted the two women were very relieved when the staff scheduled to work the early morning shift arrived at about 5.30am to send them home.

But after just two hours’ sleep dedicated Sharon was back in work again at 2pm for her next shift.

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