YOUNG volunteers in Midlothian are ready to do the spade work if the weather turns nasty.
The mild but windy conditions of recent weeks aren’t fooling members of a Dalkeith youth club.
After two snowy, icy winters, they know that the weather is just as likely to take a turn for the worst in the coming weeks.
But they’re primed to tackle the white stuff should it begin to pile up on paths and pavements around the town.
The volunteers are gearing up to offer practical assistance within the community.
Youth club leader Ronnie Stuart said: “The council has supplied us with six large snow shovels and six spades and we’re ready to use them. The idea is to show that young people in this age group are not all bad. We’re just wanting to do a bit for community spirit.”
The youth club, based at Cowden Pavilion, has been running since October, attracting around 40 young people.
He hopes that talks with representatives of local elderly agencies will establish the best way for the youngsters to tackle the snowy tasks.