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High winds force closure of homes

Quarry Bank Mill
Quarry Bank Mill is one of the properties that was closed

Stately homes and gardens in Cheshire were closed on Sunday because of high winds in northern England.

Gusts of up to 65mph hit parts of the UK, with the North West suffering some of the worst of the gales.

As a result, The National Trust decided to close its properties including Quarry Bank Mill, Dunham Massey and Lyme Park on safety grounds.

They all resumed their usual opening times on Monday, a National Trust spokeswoman said.

Tatton Park remained open to allow up to 3,000 runners to take part in a Race for Life event.

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