School pupils still on holiday after big freeze

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PUPILS from two Scarborough primary schools will remain at home today, almost a week after they were due back from the Christmas break.

East Ayton Primary School will not repoen to students until Wednesday, after burst pipes caused severe flooding which brought down ceilings. The school had been due to reopen last Tuesday.

It had been hoped that Overdale Community Primary School, which was also damaged by flooding after water pipes burst, would reopen today. However it will now not open until tomorrow at the earliest.

Gladstone Road Infant School however was expected to reopen its doors, after work was successfully carried out to repair a broken boiler.

It had been hoped that the school would reopen on Thursday, but problems for contractors in acquiring parts meant the date was put back.

The extended break may have been welcomed by children and staff, but has caused a headache for parents

Many have been forced to make alternative childcare arrangements at short notice.

North Yorkshire County Council have said around 100 schools have reported problems because of cold weather over the Christmas holidays.

Scarborough and surrounding towns and villages experienced the worst December weather for decades.

Snowfall and freezing temperatures set in at the end of November and continued for four weeks.

Temperatures, in some areas, fell to as low as -15C. Bus routes and train travel were affected. Scarborough Hospital also recorded an increase in the number of patients attending A&E who has slipped on ice and broken bones.