Dozens of homes and businesses in part of Brean were without power for up to seven hours on Sunday (October 24th) after a swan struck a power line, causing a disruptive power cut.

Sparks and black smoke had been seen coming from power cables crossing the fields between Warren Farm holiday park and Brean Farm at around 11am, followed by the cut to power supplies.

The Beachcomber Inn and Brean Down Inn were shut for most of the day on what should have been a busy half-term holiday day of trade. The Brean Down Cove National Trust Cafe was also closed, where the sign pictured above was displayed.

Brean Down Bird Garden’s cafe switched to a back-up generator to keep open and offered a reduced menu. The disruption also left some caravan owners with no power. Parking was offered free of charge for the day at the National Trust’s Brean Cove car park because its ticket machine was unable to operate.

Western Power Distribution told that over 60 properties had been without power due to the high voltage fault and it apologised to customers for the inconvenience during the outage.

Police also closed Warren Road on Sunday evening, as pictured below, while crews checked the lines over the road.

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