WHAT a terrible week to be British - a drop of snow and the nation grinds to a halt. Like many local companies, the Solihull News was hit by the decision to close borough schools forcing some mums and dads to stay at home to look after their children.
Thank goodness for schools like St Martin’s, which carried on regardless.
In fact, the stay away fear of Silhillians almost became a self-fulfilling prophecy on Monday when a bit more traffic on the roads would have done much to stop the snow from settling. As it was the town centre was next to deserted.
It’s a well-worn phrase but nonetheless true for all that - when I was lad, the schools never closed for a bit of snow, and this was several hundred miles north
Fast forward to Thursday and dire warnings of heavy snowfalls in the Midlands.
As it happened the trip to work, leaving at the usual time, was accomplished without too much bother thanks to an almost total lack of traffic.
Obviously, severe weather can be dangerous and given the conditions common sense and taking good care are essential. But there’s no need to shut up the shop and stay at home for a bit of snow.