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Weekly salutes ‘snow heroes’ after patch’s red alert weather scare

A weekly newspaper saluted its “snow heroes” by dedicating its front page to those who had helped others during recent bad weather.

The Fife Free Press splashed with an image of a red rose in the middle of a heart shape cut into the snow in honour of its patch’s unsung heroes.

Fife had been at the centre of a Met Office red alert during the poor weather, and the Free Press ran nine pages of coverage inside.

The edition hit newsstands on Friday after the paper’s reporters had spent the previous week covering the weather online and on social media.

FFP snow

Editor Allan Crow told HTFP: “Reporter Debbie Clarke had the idea for the main image, and the pics of communities working to clear paths, schools etc were submitted across the week by our readers.

“We took a selection of them to tie in with the theme which was then collated by our design hub in Sheffield – Phil Smith did a smashing job on it.”

The ‘snow heroes’ idea came about after Johnston Press sister title the Edinburgh Evening News ran a similar front page salute to ‘snow angels’ earlier this month.

Edinburgh snow

Allan added: “We were fortunate that our news team mainly stays local and were able to get to the office despite the atrocious weather – and we were in touch with a huge number of community groups and individuals who responded to our social media updates posted across each day as the weather worsened.

“Fife was at the centre of the red alert from the Met Office and it was the worst we have seen here for a good number of years. When the beach turns white and the harbour is snowed-in – where snow almost never lies – then you know it’s bad.”


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  • March 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

    It’s a nice front page, though my first thought was that one or more of the ‘snow heroes’ had died.

    It just has that look

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  • March 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Yes, my thoughts exactly Desker, though I like the headline on the Edinburgh news splash!

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