A POWER cut hit Huntingdon high street last Thursday causing businesses to lose thousands of pounds. More than a dozen shops on the High Street were forced to close between approximately 11.45am and 3.30pm. Specsavers had to cancel at least 20 sight t

A POWER cut hit Huntingdon high street last Thursday causing businesses to lose thousands of pounds.

More than a dozen shops on the High Street were forced to close between approximately 11.45am and 3.30pm.

Specsavers had to cancel at least 20 sight tests, West End DIY lost around £350 according to manager Lee Holmes and Phones 4 U was unable to resume business even after 3.30pm due to further electrical difficulties, according to manager Christine Mayhew.

Centre Crafts attempted to continue trading in cash only and semi-darkness during the four hour period. Manager Ian Jackson said: "We tried to carry on but many people walked past and assumed we were closed, we couldn't do any internet ordering either. I contacted the electricity company to discuss compensation, but apparently you need to be without electricity for 18 hours, and even then they only offer £100 regardless of how much potential business is lost.

"It's really not good enough.