Tree blown onto pensioner’s garage

Gordon Turvey in front of his damaged garage.
Gordon Turvey in front of his damaged garage.

An Ellon pensioner got the shock of his life when storms brought a tree crashing down on his garage.

Gordon Turvey awoke last Thursday morning to find the damage caused by overnight gales.

A tree overlooking his house in the town’s Arnage Avenue had been toppled by the force of the winds which battered most of Scotland throughout last week.

Mr Turvey, who will be 84 next month, didn’t hear the tree coming down during the night and was stunned when he went out to the garage in the morning.

He told the Times: “My wife Peggy said ‘come and look at this’.

“When I went out I couldn’t believe my eyes, The tree had come down on the garage roof and the branches were leaning against the side of the house.

“Luckily, the only damage seems to be to the tiles on the roof.”

Mr Turvey said it could have been much worse as his car and two freezers full of food were in the garage.

He explained: “I’m deaf as a post at night.

“My wife has got good hearing and she didn’t hear anything at all, which is unusual really.”

The damage was mainly to tiles and coving on the garage with some guttering also affected.

Two years ago the Turveys had a similar experience, although not on the same scale.

Mr Turvey said: “I had a branch come down at the back which took some coving and a couple of tiles off the roof.”

He added that his home had become more exposed after developers took down a bank of deciduous trees: “The prevailing wind is westerly and there’s no real protection now.”

The North-east and most parts of Scotland were lashed by high winds throughout last week.

Gusts of 60-70mph were recorded in Aberdeenshire and transport was disrupted on Thursday.

Trains between Aberdeen and Inverness were delayed due to tree branches on the line between Keith and Huntly.

Some high-level roads were blocked by snow and temperatures plummeted over the weekend to the coldest of the winter so far.

Gritters were out in force on Aberdeenshire’s roads as the freezing conditions proved hazardous for drivers.

Police warned motorists to take extra care earlier in the week as temperatures fell to well below freezing, especially in some inland areas on Sunday and Monday nights.