Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith is supposed to be ho ho hoing today. This time of year he dons the red and white on the Polar Express and in assorted grottos. It was up to me to step off the bench today and do the 7 and the Soapbox but fates have conspired against it. It’s not even kick off time and I’m back in my kitchen waiting for Gary Bennett and the rest of the Radio Newcastle team to bring me the match commentary.
11.45 – dive in the shower – grey but dry although snow is forecast for the afternoon. 12.15 the first snow of winter is falling. 12.20 set off for the Stadium of Light. 12.22 stuck behind the driver of a four wheel drive going at 5 MPH in 1st gear which set alarm bells ringing. 12.27 in Crook at foot of the hilly part of the A690. 12.59 – traffic has ground to a halt as someone who has tried to get up the hill at a snail’s pace gets stuck and then all traffic behind has to stop. No traction for stuck cars to get started. 13.30 still in same spot less than 2 miles from home. 13.45 finally some clear road ahead and when I eventually find some grip get to top of hill and take country road home. No traffic on the back roads and back in my kitchen before 2.00 pm.
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