Boxing Day power cut hits Ilford businesses

Shopping in Ilford town centre after boxing day (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Shopping in Ilford town centre after boxing day (photo: Arnaud Stephenson) - Credit: photo: Arnaud Stephenson

The festive season is synonymous with wonderful arrangements of Christmas lights in high streets across the country.

But for Ilford High Road it was a case of lights out – albeit temporarily – on Boxing Day afternoon.

Three businesses in Clements Road had no power for nearly two hours after a fault to an underground cable at 3.18pm.

Power was restored by engineers at 5.07pm.

Cineworld, in Clements Road, Ilford, was one of the businesses affected.


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Dinah Rahman was told to come back on Saturday to the cinema to get a refund.

“[It was] a bit inconvenient if people made a special journey to the cinema to join friends,” she said.

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Rai Holdstock, store manager of Bodgers, in Station Road, Ilford, said his business was only affected by a power cut of “three seconds”.

“Everything went off and then back on again very quickly,” he said. “It did not affect my business at all.”

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