Love runs dry in Tunstall as water is shut off on Valentine's Day
LOVE ran dry in one part of Stoke-on-Trent last night – after Severn Trent shut off water supplies to hundreds of properties.
Severn Trent contacted residents in the Furlong Road area of Tunstall to warn them that their water was due to be switched off between 9pm and midnight last night.
But that forced the cancellation of a special Valentine's celebration at The Talisman pub on Furlong Road pub which had attracted around 20 bookings.
Chef Pam Robinson scrapped her £10-a-head Valentine's Day menu – including hunters chicken and a pudding – because of the water shortage.
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Pam, aged 46, said: "Of all the days to choose you would think they could schedule the works to avoid Valentine's Day when people want to go out for a special meal with their loved-ones.
"Even if I had been able to get enough water for the night, there would have been a personal hygiene issue.
"In my 25 years as a chef I've never had to do anything like this before.
"Luckily I hadn't bought the meat yet as I wanted to buy it in the day or so before.
"It's such a shame because a lot of customers will never have eaten with us before."
Married couple Jason and Lisa Baldwin were having to make alternative arrangements last night after missing out on their Talisman meal.
Housewife Lisa, aged 31, of Limeheath Place, Tunstall, said: "It has been a bit of a nightmare because with it being Valentine's everywhere else was booked up.
"We are on the same estate so our water was being turned off too, so we could not even stay at home and cook a nice meal. My husband has been working away so we were really looking forward to it."
Severn Trent notified residents about the disruption by letter.
Furlong Road resident, Marie Poole, aged 33, said: "I spent the afternoon filling kettles."
Tali Creme, who lives next door to her canine hydrotherapy centre, Swim and Trim, said: "If I had to choose, I'd rather sacrifice water for Valentine's evening than have it affect my business."
Severn Trent has apologised for the works, which is to clean pipes.
Spokesman Sarah-Jayne O'Kane said: "We are aware that it is Valentine's Day and that people may have plans for the evening.
"On this occasion, we have left the work until later on in the evening to avoid as many issues as possible with people preparing special meals and activities."