Millions of people throughout the UK have already had this year’s Christmas festivities ruined as they look on helplessly at the thousands of poor holidaymakers left stranded at UK airports, unable to get away for their winter break in the sun.
News footage of people lying on airport floors trying to snatch a few minutes sleep or huddled together trying to keep their IPods warm has touched the nation, as heartfelt messages of sympathy and support continue to pour in for those trapped by the icy conditions.
In East Anglia many non-church goers braved the Arctic conditions to attend church services just so they could offer up prayers for the holidaymakers left stranded by the heavy snow. The picture was the same throughout the UK with many TV viewers forced to miss the final of Strictly Come Dancing as the tragedy unfolded before them on News24
‘I must be one of the lucky ones’ said pensioner Doreen Rose, who had walked the 14 miles from her home through drifting snow ‘I can’t even afford to heat my flat let alone afford a month in Australia watching the cricket. Imagine what it must be like being able to afford it but not able to get away because of all this snow and ice. My heart goes out to them. Life just seems so unfair at times. My Alf was so upset by the sight of all those poor unfortunate souls having to wait a few hours before they flew out that he donated all our winter fuel payment to their support charity.
At least I think he managed to send it off - but he died of hypothermia in the night, so can’t be entirely sure he did it in time’.
Will I get in trouble with the holidaymakers if his cheque bounces’ asked a concerned Doreen?
One tragic case in particular has attracted the attention of the public with some well-wishers calling for an enquiry into why one young family has been kept waiting at the airport for over 2 hours.
Crispin and Essme Carter-Clarke from Bexley Heath said that trying to explain to their children that they would have to wait a few hours for something they wanted was proving very difficult.
‘Ptolemy doesn’t do waiting. It’s not something he has encountered before and sees no need for it’ said Mr.Carter-Clarke ‘he keeps asking why he is being made to wait by these idle work shy airport minions. He was ready to leave over an hour ago and doesn’t see the snow and ice as an issue; it’s not his problem and is finding it all very inconvenient. He wants it sorted.
Where we spend the winter months in St.Moritz and Klosters they have far more snow than this, so why should it be a problem here’?
With weather conditions showing no signs of improving over the next few hours and flights still grounded, the plight of Ptomely and many others like him will continue to touch the hearts of those left at home braving the cold.
Many well-wishers were left counting the hours and feeling the pain before flights out of UK airports could get underway.
But not many were able to do it using their fingers after frost-bite left most UK residents with nothing more than a grizzly,gnarled stump to wave at the departing passengers.
Travel Chaos: A nation mourns
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Millions of people throughout the UK have already had this year’s Christmas festivities ruined as they look on helplessly at the thousands of poor holidaymakers left stranded at UK airports, unable to get away for their winter break in the sun.Posted 5 years ago #
I like this. But I think it would be better if you deleted the paragraphs from News footage...to Doreen.
Just a bit of well-meaning criticism from someone who rarely attempts more than a one-liner and has no success at all with the longer postings he tries!Posted 5 years ago #
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