Video: It’s snow joke for Wales – unless you’re a Torfaen gritter ‘In the Depot’

Rob Williams

The wintery white menace mercilessly besplattering the UK seems to have a particular fancy for Wales. The Met Office yesterday had to upgrade its weather warning after snow wreaked havoc bringing disruption to roads and closing nearly 500 schools.

Prior to that, of course, Wales had been on the receiving end of a rare ‘Red Warning’, which warns that people should avoid all non-essential journeys. Last week 1,200 schools were closed in Wales and today even Assembly Members couldn’t escape the impact of snowmageddon.

AM Bethan Jenkins tweeted: ‘people not coming in to give us evidence to committee on attendance and behaviour in schools due to #snow. #senedd’

TV weatherman, celebrity and First Minister lookalike Derek Brockway (aka @DerekTheWeather) even claims that the snow may have been the worst in Wales since December 2010.

It hasn’t all been doom and gloom, however: Torfaen Council, for instance took a lighter approach to the deluge that Wales is enduring by releasing a comedy video featuring Welsh council gritters battling the elements. The video, starring one of Wales’ best known Elvis impersonators – Darren “Graceland” Jones – has racked up over 100,000 views and features a stirring and emotional version of the 1969 Elvis classic, In the Ghetto, renamed – In the Depot.

Featuring lines like: ‘People don’t you understand we can’t grit every inch of land’, and ‘Keep an eye on the BBC, it’s just too cold to breathe’, the video has become an instant online hit. The council says the short film has been published on their website, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter accounts as a thank you to residents for helping spread some key messages online during the recent severe weather.

Torfaen Head of Communications Neil Jones said: ‘We’re always looking at innovative ways to engage residents with innovative and memorable council messages. We have built a fantastic online community and this is a fun way to show residents our appreciation for their helpful comments during the past few days. This video highlights the vital work of our winter maintenance crews and an must thank ‘Darren Graceland’ Jones for giving his time to help important messages on gritting.’

Just be careful not to slip in those Blue Suede Shoes eh?

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  • Richard Owen

    Praise The Lord, we are a musical nation.

  • kawasakiman

    It’s Elvis !

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