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Sledge firm reports summer boom

Mr Wilson said customers pre-empted wintry weather

A sledge company said it had its busiest summer of sales yet as customers anticipated heavy snowfalls this winter.

Glenmore-based sold more goods between last June and August than it had done previously.

Bill Wilson, who runs the company, said snowfalls across the UK last February may have prompted the boom.

He said since June it has ordered nine containers holding 8,000 sledges each to meet demand.

Mr Wilson said: "After the snow last February people seem to have pre-empted another good winter. By September into November and December we were really busy."

The business sends out the sledges - ranging from the low-cost plastic variety to more sophisticated models made from aluminium - from a warehouse in Cumbria.

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