Christmas outings cut short by power outage in Bury St Edmunds

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Christmas parties were cut short last night after a power outage in Bury St Edmunds town centre.

Borough councillor Joanna Rayner was enjoying a meal out with her husband when the blackout struck in the Abbeygate area of the town at around 8pm.

She said Wetherspoons was forced to evacuate its customers when all of its lights went out and its fire alarms stopped working.

Meanwhile, Cafe Rouge, where she had chosen to dine, retained some power but was unable to cook and also had no light.

“We had some starters and then had to leave,” said Cllr Rayner, adding that the restaurant performed ‘brilliantly in a difficult situation’.

“We had drinks and starters and they just wiped the whole bill, they were doing it for everyone, it was absolutely brilliant.

“I really felt for them, though, because there were lots of Christmas parties in there.

“They must have lost a lot of money last night and, as as a goodwill gesture, to get people going back in the New Year, they also gave out vouchers.”

The abbeygate ward councillor was told a fuse had gone out in a main electricity sub station which would take an estimated three hours to fix.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks confrimed a fuse had blown at its Wallhall Street sub station.

He said 13 properties were affected by a loss of supply from 8pm but power was restored by 10pm.

Cafe Rouge and Wetherspoons have been unavailable for comment.

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