Suffolk: Students head home after being stranded on Scottish island

Heavy snow has caused travel problems up and down the UK, with remote areas particularly badly hit

Heavy snow has caused travel problems up and down the UK, with remote areas particularly badly hit - Credit: Archant

A GROUP of sixth-form students have made it off a remote Scottish island after snow drifts and freezing conditions left them stranded without power.

A-Level biology and geography students from Hartismere High School, Eye, were due to return from a week-long field trip to Arran on Friday.

But dreadful weather meant the island in the Firth of Clyde, which is accessible by ferry, was cut off and hit by power cuts, leaving the 18 students and staff confined to Lochranza Field Studies Centre.

Deputy headteacher Adrian Hayton said that high winds had affected ferry crossings over the weekend. He added: “The big issue was the lack of electricity but a generator was delivered to provide heat and the students have been keeping busy helping to clear paths.”

Last year, sixth-formers enjoyed much more favourable conditions and wore shorts and T-shirts on a field trip to the same island.

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