A HEXHAM business has been recognised for its role in supporting members of the community during Storm Arwen.

Gregor McArthur and his team at Forest and Garden, which specialises in garden machinery sales, service and repairs, procured and installed interim generators for vulnerable people across Tynedale after the storm hit last November, leaving thousands without power.

They have now been presented with a Community Champion Award by Hexham MP Guy Opperman for their efforts.

Gregor McArthur, Forest and Garden Director, said: "My team and I were delighted to receive Guy Opperman MP's Community Champion Award.

"It is great to receive recognition for the support my team gave to vulnerable members of the community during Storm Arwen."

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Mr Opperman said: "I was delighted to present Gregor and the team from Forest and Garden with a Community Champion Award.

"The team went above and beyond to assist the most elderly and vulnerable, who in some instances were without power for over 10 days."

Mr Opperman's Community Champion Awards recognise those who have gone the extra mile for their community.

Storm Arwen saw high wind, icy conditions, and deep snow batter parts of the country. Northumberland saw gusts of wind over 90mph.

Just under one million households experienced power cuts, 59,101 of whom were without power for over 48 hours and 3,032 for a week or more in the extreme weather conditions of late November.

One of the worst storms in living memory, Storm Arwen also caused widespread travel disruption and damage to buildings due to falling trees and debris.