‘Beast from the East’ batters Midlothian

The roads have been cleared in Loanhead as life returns to normal in the wake of "The Beast From The East" freezing weather. Pic taken 5/3/18
The roads have been cleared in Loanhead as life returns to normal in the wake of "The Beast From The East" freezing weather. Pic taken 5/3/18

All Midlothian schools were closed for three days last week when heavy snow hit the county, as Scotland received its first ever red weather warning.

The ‘Beast from the East’ hit last Wednesday and left many people unable to get to work, with Lothian Buses cancelling all services last Thursday. While soldiers from Glencorse Barracks helped people living in rural communities cut off by the snow as well as transporting NHS staff to work.

And NHS staff were praised for their efforts last week.

Jim Crombie, deputy chief executive, NHS Lothian, said: “The extreme weather has pressed our services and our heroic staff to the limit and I am so proud of the way they have responded and risen to every challenge.

“Our staff have been working in some of the most difficult circumstances to ensure they can deliver safe, quality care and they have gone above and beyond to get to work, with people staying overnight in hospitals or walking for hours in knee-deep snow.”