Snow brings dispution but also a bit of fun to north London

PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 December 2010

Hampstead in the snow

Hampstead in the snow

© Nigel Sutton email

COUNCILS across north London may have been struggling to get the capital up and running this weekend and today but many residents took advantage of the wintry conditions to take some time out and have a little fun.

Snowmen, igloos and sledges were all out in force as the snowy conditions made Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill top destinations for snow-seeking residents.

Some even got out their snowboards in a bid to bring a Val D’Isere flavour to London’s sloping hills.

In Primrose Hill, Heaven 17 frontman Glenn Gregory and his son Louis couldn’t resist the temptation of the heavy snowfall - building a full height igloo.

The structure, near the Elsworthy Road entrance of the park, did not feel hugely out of place to walkers as they traversed the thick snow still heavy on the ground.

Nick Williams, of Adelaide Road, came across it walking his dog.

He said: “We were walking along with the dogs when we spotted it. We couldn’t work out how big it was, there was nothing to gauge it by, it was white against white, but as we got closer we realised it was huge at least seven feet tall.

“It is at least big enough for three or four people – a select party.”

Meanwhile some have praised the hard work taking place while leisure time distracted the old and young.

Hampstead councillor Chris Knight joined gritting crews and helped re-direct traffic on Fitzjohn’s Avenue to allow the lorries to make it up a treacherous northbound incline.

He said: “I think Camden has done a lot better than a lot of other boroughs including Barnet, Hackney and Haringey, “You can’t give enough praise to the crews for the hours they’ve put in.”

More snowfall is expected across London on Wednesday and the cold temperatures will continue.

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