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Weather cancels bonfire display and ferry sailings cancelled

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AT least one bonfire and fireworks show has been postponed and several ferry sailings cancelled as the Island braces itself for more wet and windy weather.

The recent wet and windy weather hasn't held back this group of youngsters who enjoyed a stroll through Hamptonne Woods as part of the National Trust for Jersey's Woodland Wonders scheme. The initiative is supported by HSBC.

Jersey Met issued an orange tide warning for this morning’s high tide, while forecasted strong winds have also caused Condor Ferries to cancel a number of their crossings scheduled for today.

Wind speeds are expected to reach up to 57mph and wave heights could hit six metres.

Condor says it has transferred today’s passengers to sailings tomorrow and Monday and have scheduled a new return service from the Island to Poole on Tuesday.

The St Martin’s bonfire, due to take place tonight, has also been postponed. The event is now due to take place on Saturday 16 November.

Yesterday, organisers of the Moulin de Lecq said the event was still due to go ahead. Other displays due to take place at the Farmhouse Inn in St John on Tuesday and St George’s School on Friday remain unaffected.

However, Jersey Fire and Rescue Service has asked people not to carry out their own displays because of the high winds.

Meanwhile, the Growth, Housing and Environment Department said ‘significant’ damage was caused to a road in St Peter after a rain-water sewer became blocked. Route de l’Aleval, which runs northwards from the Victoria in the Valley pub, is closed up to Rue du Petit Aleval to allow repairs to be carried out. It is expected that the issue will be fixed by Monday. Access to Rue du Panigot is via Rue du Coin Vanin.

Elwyn Dop, Condor’s executive director of operations, said: ‘We share our passengers’ disappointment at the obvious inconvenience and uncertainty caused by this sustained period of atrocious weather, particularly at the end of the half-term holiday.’

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Additional staff in Condor’s customer contact centre and port teams have been drafted in to notify and rebook travellers on alternative sailings where space is available.

For the full revised schedule go to condorferries.co.uk.

Boat owners have also been advised to check their vessels are secure, lines are intact and fenders, covers and loose items are properly tied down.

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