Gale force wind in Gainsborough

Firefighters plan how to remove the sign in Gainsborough's Market Place during high winds
Firefighters plan how to remove the sign in Gainsborough's Market Place during high winds

FIREFIGHTERS were called to Gainsborough as gale-force winds blew through the town centre on Tuesday.

The entrance to the market place at Natwest Bank corner was cordoned off during the day as they worked to remove a banner which had started to become loose.

Metal hooks holding the large Gainsborough College sign had fallen off during the strong gusts, creating a safety hazard for pedestrians.

Natwest Bank closed temporarily while work was carried out to remove the banner.

The main entrance to Marshall’s Yard was also closed temporarily after parts near the roof of the Guildhall were blown off in the high winds.

Some outlets closed for a few hours and inbound traffic was stopped entering the Yard for a short period.

Members from the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Urban Rescue Team were called to make the building safe around 10am and stayed on the scene until 1.30pm.

They removed some unsafe panels on the roof using a grinder and small tools.

West Lindsey Council technical and contract services manager Neil Cucksey said the Guildhall remained open to the public during this time from the entrance near Beaumont Street and Spring Gardens.

“Due to high winds a part of the Guildhall fabric near the roof became detached and was a temporary hazard,” he said.